'Twilight' Star Says Divorce Made Him a Better Dad & I Totally Get It

peter facinelliIt'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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