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Battling The Effects Of Infidelity On Family

May 4, 2008
Marital infidelity is a selfish act with the participant rarely considering their action's impacts on those around them. This is especially harmful when it comes to the ramifications regarding children who get caught up in the middle of the situation. Quite often the negative consequences that arise in the event of the affair being made public are used as a rationalization by the offending party to hide his or her actions. However, true reconciliation requires honesty and admission of one's transgressions.

Infidelity obviously destroys all trust that has been built up between spouses. Children require nurturing within a trusting environment, and can sense when an aura of mistrust enters the household. They become the most unfortunate victims of the affair.

The bickering and constant tension in the air within a household suffering from infidelity also has a negative affect upon children. Kids require the example of loving parents who are working as a team. When there is an absence of trust within the team the children can tend to lose trust in a parent as well. This can lead to tragic consequences.

If both of the persons involved in an affair have children near the same age, this can be especially difficult. The problem is further compounded if the children attend the same school or church. The children who are friends with one another before the affair is discovered typically face compounded emotional hardships.

Open communication and total family involvement is required to heal these wounds and return to a sense of normalcy. This is not to say all the intimate details need to be shared with the youngest of children. In many instances this is obviously not appropriate.

Often helpful for a child is a fair, independent party with whom he/she can speak and get advice. When parents are fighting the advice given to a child is often self serving meant to taint the child's relationship with the other spouse. An objective party can help assure this doesn't happen.

The degree to which children should be exposed to adult issues is often a difficult decision with no clear right choice. Often, the advice and counsel from either experts in the field or clergy can be very useful.

Surmounting infidelity is a tall task. However, to save your family it is worth it. Cheating does not fully destroy the strong bonds that exist between spouses. There most often exists enough of that bond upon which to rebuild the trust and respect required for a happy marriage.
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