Heidi Klum Knows How to Make Divorce Easier on Kids

heidi klumAs a child of divorce -- who is now a divorced mother of two -- I know from experience that one of the toughest things for a kid is having to hear your parents criticize each other behind their backs -- or worse, having to listen to people who aren't even part of your family gossip about why your parents split up and who's to blame. Dealing with your mom and dad's divorce is difficult enough.

So I think it's great that Heidi Klum is taking the no-comment approach to her split with husband of seven years, Seal. Because it's bad enough when Aunt So-and-So ruins your birthday party complaining about your father's new girlfriend -- Heidi Klum's kids have to see that stuff on TV.

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Says Klum:

“I don’t want to talk positively or negatively about the ups and downs that we had. Every couple goes through things. Unfortunately, we’re in the public, so the highs are out there. But I don’t think it’s necessary—especially for our children—to have the lows being printed in magazines and talked about.”

Every non-celeb in the same situation should follow Klum's example. Now, I know that's easier said than done -- believe me. I haven't always managed to follow my own advice. It's like fighting in front of your kids (for those of you who've never been through a divorce). You know you shouldn't do it, you really try not to do it, but ... sometimes you do it.

Still, shielding kids from the details of divorce is definitely something worth striving for. Sooner or later they'll figure things out for themselves -- hopefully at a point when the family has had a chance to heal, at least somewhat.

Do you think parents should try to protect their kids from the details of divorce?


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