Interpersonal cues -- body language, facial expressions, voice tone and pitch -- are great indicators of what is going on during an interpersonal exchange. Think of these cues as a starting point, a spark, to assess the situation; but, don't draw an iron clad conclusion based exclusively on your individual interpretation of their meaning.
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GPS FOR THE SOUL
Have you ever noticed that you and your partner keep having essentially the same fight over and over again? No matter what the topic, whenever you get into an argument, does it always seems to follow the same trajectory and turn out the same way? That's usually because you are shadowboxing with the wrong person.
By shielding my son from the awkward and upsetting I have shielded him from the constructive and helpful. Disagreements are a part of life. What matters is how you fight and how you resolve it. Instead of "don't fight in front of the kids" how about "model fair, respectful fighting with a clear resolution." Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.