The relationship of parents has significant effects on the way a child develops his behavior. He can absorb information from everything near him that can impact his emotional and mental learning. He easily adapts to the environment which adds additional psychological progress to his critical thinking. Same adaptation of information goes to the process of learning when a bad relationship is present in his development. In most cases, a child has no control over the influence he can get from the bad views of his experiences. In line with this, parents should consider its effect on the child’s mental health.
Fighting And Conflict: It involves verbal offense such as insults, threats, cursing, and physical aggression. There are reports and studies which show that children who grew up in high-conflict homes have emotional, social, and physical health problems in comparison to those who didn’t. They also have a higher risk of developing depression, anxiety, and substance abuse later in life.
Domestic Abuse And Violence: Children tend to have a higher risk of committing physical violence as they grow up because of their exposure to a home where parents are violent and abusive. There are studies which show the connection of domestic abuse to psychology and physiology of a child as they mature and committing physical violence (such as hurting other people) is a way for them to release their stress. This may manifest at school in the form of bullying. Children with trauma may also form eating disorders to comfort themselves. Chronic stress from the ordeal will lead to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol which orders the body to store fat and energy.
Alcoholism And Substance Abuse Of Parents: A child will grow up and become an overly sensitive adult if his parents have issues regarding alcohol and substance abuse. He will feel the need to mature earlier due to the emotional stress. He will tend to skip childhood to avoid ending up the same as his parents and force himself to develop the mentality of becoming an excessively responsible child. The lack of emotional attachment will create damage to his development, traumatizing his early days.
Parents’ Miscommunication – Parents that are unable to get what they want in their relationship will habitually turn to their children for emotional comfort. There are also times when parents will tell their kids to take sides during their conflict, which is a destructive influence towards the child’s immature mind. Parents’ miscommunication can give a child a confused emotional behavior, which may lead to the development of a child’s anxiety and depression.
Kids may not always understand things that their parents are going through within a relationship. However, they have the urge to fill the emotional necessity of the family. As for parents, they need to become a reliable model to their children as much as possible. It is their sole duty to help them in the challenging world of their development and avoid not becoming the cause of their delayed progress.