Arguing: Not in front of kids and no booze

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A couple arguing in front of their kids

5. Not in front of the children

What you do: Get really irritated by something and start screaming at your husband immediately when your kids are also in the room.

What to do instead: Even if you feel the issue is really important, let it wait until your children are in bed or out of the house. Having an argument with the kids in earshot is just bad form and can damage them emotionallly, especially if it happens regularly.

The other advantage of waiting is that you may have calmed down from when you originally wanted to argue and it may make the fight less explosive.

6. Steer clear of the booze

What you do: Go out for a couple of drinks and pick a fight about something really trivial.

What to do instead: If something begins when you're a little tipsy, try to stop it as soon as possible and suggest waiting until the next day, when you're both sober. 9 times out of 10, the argument will seem really trivial.

Some of the most volatile arguments you can have will happen after a couple of glasses of wine or pints of beer - and not only that, they're usually the worst ones you can have.

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Just as drinking affects your judgement of distance, speech, hearing and often sight, it also affects your ability to argue clearly.

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