holding handsWhen it comes to breakups, I have always been a firm believer in severing all ties. Why keep in contact when you hated him enough to end the relationship? But my friends tell me I have it all wrong. Apparently, there are some really good reasons for keeping your ex in your life. Take a look:

  1. The kids: A cordial relationship with each other can only help the kids. If you can’t live together, you can still have a form of stability for their sake.
  2. Peace of mind: You don’t have to Facebook stalk him to find out what’s going on in his life. An occasional phone call and you find out all you want to know.
  3. Leaves the door open: Sometimes you just need to mature a little bit. Once you do, you could end up being perfect for each other.
  4. Joint gym membership: You signed up together and should stay buddies at least until the contract ends.
  5. An occasional quickie: This won't work for everyone, but if you parted amicably and neither of you has moved on, why not be friends with benefits when you get lonely.
  6. He's your best friend: There are certain things you can talk to him about that even your best friend doesn't know. 
  7. Your family loves him: It's hard to completely break that connection when he is so much a part of your life. You may also feel close to his family.

What are other good reasons to stay friends with an ex?

 

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