Few single parents want their children to hear them arguing, but since conflict is a normal part of any relationship, but this can leave children feeling more emotionally insecure about their home life.
Children are very good at picking up on little nuances of how parents interact with each other, so it really matters how parents express and manage their daily life challenges because that determines children's confidence in the stability and safety of their family," Kopystynska said. "If parents are hostile toward each other, even children as young as 3 years old may be threatened that their family may be headed toward dissolution. They may not necessarily be able to express their insecurities verbally, but they can feel it."
"Not all conflict is bad -- it's about how you manage it, "Given that children are going to encounter conflict out there in the real world, exposure to some conflict can be beneficial. However, it's really how single parents handle that conflict that sets the tone for how safe children feel, and may further promote similar conflict management behaviors for when children are confronted with conflict of their own."