Don’t fight in front of the kids: Pope
Pope Francis has offered new parents advice, telling them it’s normal to fight, but just not in front of the children.
Francis warned of the “anguish” of children who saw their parents fight during a ceremony to baptise 27 newborns, an annual tradition that fills the Sistine Chapel with babies, their parents and godparents.
Amid coos and wails, the Pontiff told parents that they had taken on an important job of transmitting the faith to their children — a job he said begins at home, in the family.
He then offered some off-the-cuff advice.
“It’s normal for spouses to fight,” Francis said. “It would be strange if they didn’t.
“Do it, but don’t let the children hear it or see it.
“You have no idea of children’s anguish when they see their parents fight.”
One of his favourite axioms is that couples should make a habit of saying please, thank you and sorry and never go to bed mad.