Husbands and fathers, take note
Men, it is frequently said, are very good at compartmentalizing—usually when they’ve done something wrong. But new research suggests women can compartmentalize too, especially around family.
A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology looked at the effect marital squabbling had on parents’ relationships with kids.
The researchers found, not surprisingly, that when a couple fights, that spills over to the relationship each parent has with his or her offspring.
But, interestingly, this effect does not last very long for moms.
By the next day, most mother-child relationships were back on an even keel, while the fathers still reported things were tense.