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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Splitsville

Marriage is hard.  There, I said it.  I'm trying to be a realist and not paint it with rainbows and unicorns because marriage is complex.  It has its ups and downs and while marriage can offer great joy and comfort, it can also be a source of frustration and conflict.  Apparently more than a few couples have fell down the marriage rabbit hole lately and it is so disheartening to see so many people break-up. 
  • Courteney Cox and David Arquette -- split up, but haven't filed for divorce.  Parents of Coco, age 6.
  • Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman -- divorcing.  Parents of Max, age 2.
  • Laura Dern and Ben Harper -- divorcing.  Parents of a 9 yr. old son and 5 yr. old daughter.
  • Vicki Gunvalson and Donn Gunvalson of Real Housewives of O.C. -- divorcing. 
  • Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee) and husband Bobby Salomon -- divorcing.  Parents of Penelope, age 4.
  • Al and Tipper Gore -- divorcing.  Married 40 years!
It makes me sad to see people end their marriages.  Perhaps it is the best choice for them, but it doesn't come without heart break and turmoil for their family.  I understand that the reasons behind a split are nobody's business...and I get why many of these famous couples don't make a public statement at all.  However, it irks me when the public statement that is made always includes a message about how they are going to focus on being parents to their child(ren), or how they are still committed to raising their child (ren). 
Ummm, duh?  Did getting a divorce somehow imply that the entire parenting thing was also not working out for you and that you decided to dissolve that too?  I sure hope that you were committed to that child all along -- from the time he or she was born.  I never thought that divorce meant giving up on the children too, so just making a statement like that makes it feel disingenous.  Just saying.  I'm sure that people have their own reasons for making this kind of statement (or at least their PR agent does), but how about just saying -- "we are splitting up, it sucks and we would request some privacy for our family."

In happier news, Kody Brown and his fourth wife, Robyn, tied the knot on the season finale of Sister Wives.  She wore white and there was a reception for around 200 guests.  I kind of wish that I could have attended...the cake looked delicious.

I have Teen Mom recorded so my next post is going to be a dissection of all that is the crazy train of Amber (especially Amber), Farrah, Maci and Catelynn.  A mom blogger that I follow, Christine Coppa, wrote a great open letter type post to Amber and other teen / single moms out there.  Check it out: http://www.parenting.com/new/blogs/mamas-boy/christine-coppa/3-tips-teen-and-young-single-moms



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