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Tell Mommy: Do You Hide Fights and Squabbles from the Kids?


The recent A Night to Remember episode of Mad Men featured a serious post dinner party meltdown from the perfect on the outside, tormented on the inside, housewife Betty.

Betty's fit was a long time coming (what with Don cheating on her and treating her like a child), but the mom in me empathized with her reaction the next morning.

She sat at the breakfast table with her two little ones, smoking a cigarette (it couldn't have been 8 a.m. yet!) in the dress she wore the night before. Though she didn't say a thing and her husband didn't acknowledge her while the kids happily said goodbye to daddy, the scene presented tension that was surely being absorbed — even if subconsciously — by the tots. Do you and your partner try and hide your disagreements from your children and if so, how do you manage the tension when the kids are around?

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