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Ask Joanie: Is Divorce Ever Good for Kids? SWEEPS WINNER ANNOUNCED

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The Mad Life Panel tackles a tough question: Is divorce ever good for kids?

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by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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by New Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Divorce is good for kids that are in a very bad family , with fighting and yelling.  Children need stability in there little lives not crying and worring.

by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 4:59 AM

 Are there ways to combat children trying to manipulate the parents?  My soon to be SS will make staements to his mother that are untrue just to get her rialed up and try to start an argument with his father.  For example: My SS told his mother that 'Santa' only brought my son presents and not him.  Which is totally untrue.  Both boys recieved the same amount of gifts.  They were the same style too (Legos, movie, Fathead, pajamas, remote controlled cars, Leap Pads, and a Scentsy warmer to share in their room- they are 6 and 5.5).  Naturally his mother flipped out and called my DF.  This is not the first time he has been ungrateful.  But that is another issue we are dealing with.

by New Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:05 AM

IMO it usually is because Mom and Dad are fighting anyway.  Kids are stressed out when their parents are fighting.  It would definitely depend on the kids and how they handle things of course.  I think kids know when there is tension and it isn't good for them.  There are so many different home life scenarios it would be difficult to definitely say yes or no. 

by Silver Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:49 AM

I am from a divorced family .. after my parents divorced they had split custody and completely stopped talkin.. How does one keep peace in the family?

by Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Quoting acrogodess:

What do you do when a child is depressed or blames themselves over the separation?

great question!   DEPENDING OF THEIR AGES...i would like to know...too!!!

by Gold Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:51 AM

divorce isnt ever the intention at the start but sometimes it does become necessary in the end

by Gold Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:52 AM

do you think of the couples that get divorced...if there is usually one person wanting out and one wanting to save the marriage more than if both parties want out?

by Gold Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:53 AM

What is the effect on very young babies whose parents split before they are even a year old?

by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I disagree with the concept of staying together for the kids!

by Bronze Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:31 AM

if there is physical or emotional abuse then yes it is much better for a child to grow up in a home with

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