21 November 2013
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Most parents want the best for their children. They would never intentionally harm their children or use them for personal gain. However, unfortunately there is a common pattern in families where parents unknowingly put the children in the middle of the adult disagreement. The technical term for this is triangling. Here are some ways you might see it happen in real life:

* Mom isn’t speaking to Dad, so she tells Junior, “Go tell your father it’s time to go.” This seems innocent enough, right? The problem is, the child is now involved in something that has nothing to do with him. He is carrying a weight that belongs to Mom and Dad.

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2 responses on “When Parents Fight

  1. Great article! As a child, I remember being placed in the middle of a power struggle between parents (and still do as an adult). However, I hope that parents will learn to recognize when they are about to enter into a power struggle with their spouse, to find a way to resolve the conflict without kids involvement. Thank you for this informative article!

  2. KH says:

    Parents should avoid fighting in front of their kids so triangulation does not occur. Children need to see that their parents are in love and getting along so that they in turn can have a healthy view of marriage.

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