Don’t fight in front of the kids: Pope

The West Australian - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: AP

Pope Fran­cis

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