Bickering, arguments and disagreements are part of everyday life.
Children learn from their parents, and it is helpful for children to see conflict handled positively, to know how to handle conflict positively you need to know about the different types of conflict.
Read about the different types of conflict below.
Lets children see how arguments can get sorted out by:
• Staying calm
• Listening to each other
• Coming to some sort of agreement or agreeing to disagree
Harmful conflict can lead to problems for children, It could be:
• Physical/verbal aggression
• Sulking or silent treatment
• Walking away
• Not letting the argument go
• Bearing grudges
Harmful conflict or Domestic abuse?
Harmful conflict and Domestic abuse are different.
When a relationship experiences harmful conflict, both partners are to blame, and both have a responsibility to repair the relationship.
When domestic abuse is involved, one partner is fearful of the other. The ‘perpetrator’ holds the power in the relationship.
Domestic abuse isn’t just about being violent; it can be:
• Frequently checking your phone
• Withholding money
• Isolating you from family or friends
• Controlling behaviours
If you think you might be a victim of domestic abuse, IDAS can help.
To find out more about IDAS including how to contact them click here.