Children that witness abusive behavior often normalize and minimize it and then repeat the behavior. This can lead down an unhealthy path of abuser or victim of abuse.
Renowned child behavior therapist James Lehman said, "When we raise our children, we are teaching them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether we think they're learning from us or not. Children watch adults for a living. What parents don't always understand is that chronic defiance in children develops over time, after certain lessons are learned and it can start very early on."
The most powerful thing James Lehman says on this subject is "The reason why we need to step in and help them change their ineffective way of dealing with life's problems is because the more we give power to inappropriate, verbally abusive, behavior the less prepared that child is going to be to solve life's problems as an adult. Make no mistake about it, children who use verbal abuse, name-calling, cursing and intimidation, become verbally abusive adults."
Remember your children are watching you 24/7, be the person you want them to be.
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