What Your Kids Learn from Your Relationship

How to fight, how to make up, how to disagree -- here's what your kids learn from their parents' relationship. (19 Photos)

Jenna McCarthy on Jun 4, 2013 at 11:35PM

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What Your Kids Learn from Your Relationship

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What Commitment Means

Marriage can be hard, no doubt about it. And if your rugrats are getting all of their messages about the way it works from the star-studded media all around them, they're bound to believe that when the going gets tough, the tough bail it straight out of there. "When your children watch you work through challenging times -- when you're frustrated, cranky, having financial troubles, one of you is sick or unemployed -- they learn that marriage isn't about expecting perfection but about getting through these things together," says Tina B. Tessina Ph.D., a licensed psychotherapist in Southern California and the author of 13 books including Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage.

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