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Cheating On Trust

Jul 17, 2008
When a man or woman has an affair, attention is most often focused on them, their marriage, and the looming outcome. The effects of this infidelity on kids is often overlooked, but it can be just as hard on children as it is on their parents. Like their mother and father, kids may begin experiencing feelings of mistrust, self-blame, and confusion; and it will undoubtedly affect them down the road in relationships of their own.

Children may feel a sense of guilt for their parent cheating. Many times children will blame themselves for the problems of their parents because they think that their actions may be the cause of their parents. They can become confused, angry, sad, and distrusting.

Many children draw a strong sense of security from the relationship between their mother and father. When this relationship is negatively affected in any way, that sense of security is destroyed. As a result, many kids are plagued with behavior problems that stems from their fear of an uncertain future. Even the slightest hint of infidelity may cause a child to react in this way.

The effects of infidelity on kids can also cause them to become detached from their siblings, even aggressive. This results from the lack of trust with one or the other of the parents. The child may blame their sibling or either parent, be it the unfaithful one or not. They wonder what the parent suffering from the infidelity may have done to cause it.

Being unfaithful can create a very cold home life. Both parents can begin to become fake to try and cover up for their children's sakes but this doesn't work. All it does is create more stress for everyone. The cause of all this is to create a lack of a loving environment for the children involved.

In the future, the effects of infidelity on kids can continue into their own relationships. They may have trust issues with their partner, creating feelings of jealousy and doubt. This can end up destroying any relationship that they have because they will always think back to what their parent did and wonder if their partner will do the same thing.

The ultimate sacrifice that an unfaithful parent might make is a total breakdown of their relationship with their child. Although emotional wounds might heal on the surface, the deep scars of anger and resentment tend to never go away. Children will more than likely carry these well into adulthood and will always have memories of what happened.

Even if the parents do choose to remain together, rather than going through a divorce which will cause even more damage to a child, there will always be that thought at the back of the child's mind: will they do this again. They continue to watch out for it and are always wondering if and when.
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