It's been just over one year since Peter Facinelli filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years, Jennie Garth, just enough time for the Twilight star and his three daughters -- 15-year-old Luca, 10-year-old Lola, and 6-year-old Fiona -- to feel like maybe they're figuring out how to function as a family. Maybe. Definitely a positive development: Facinelli feels like he's finally finding his groove as a dad, as he said in a recent interview: "Co-parenting has been great. I'm able to have the kids every other week and in some ways -- a lot of ways -- it makes me an even better father. I get to get up and make them breakfast, make them lunches, take them to school, and I have the full responsibility of all three girls for the whole entire week, and I bond a lot with them that way."
Sweet! Unfortunately, some fans have taken Facinelli's comments as proof that he was a bad dad before the divorce (like, why didn't he ever make them breakfast or pack their lunches when he was married, huh?). But as a divorced parent, I totally get where he's coming from.
In a weird way, it can be easier to focus on your relationship with your kids when you're flying solo -- especially if your relationship with your ex-spouse was a rocky one. Once the initial separation shock wears off, most people usually find themselves way less stressed post-divorce (hmm, wonder why?) and a calm, happy parent is always a better parent. Plus, most of the time there's less stress on the kids, too -- listening to your parents fight all the time is a crappy way to grow up. So I say, congrats to you, Peter Facinelli!
Do you think divorce can make some people better parents?
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