Tiger and Elin an Example for Divorced Parents Everywhere?

Jeanne Sager

tiger woodsTiger Woods may have missed daughter Sam's birthday, but he made up for it by throwing his own bash.

The surprise guest: wife Elin Nordegren.

The couple is in the midst of a divorce, but a source told the Herald Sun, "They put aside their differences for the good of their daughter when a big cake rolled in."

Considering how acrimonious this divorce has been -- good for them and good for 3-year-old Sam. Here's betting it was a day to remember.

Now will you do it?

He's made some major mistakes, but you should be taking a page out of Tiger and Elin's book.

According to Tina B. Tessina, PhD (aka "Dr. Romance"), psychotherapist, and author of Money, Sex, and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage, the co-birthday party should be on your list of things to do post-divorce.

"Once a couple have decided to divorce, it has to be all about what's good for the kid(s)," Tessina tells The Stir. "Don't forget, you've deprived your children of an intact family, and put them through whatever turmoil was caused before and during the divorce."

Which means no matter how much you hate your ex, get thee to the birthday party.

"It's worthwhile to move Heaven and Earth to show your children that both parents care enough to come together for special occasions like birthdays, recitals, ball games, school parents' day, etc.," Tessina says. "Yes, it's very worth it."

Divorced parents, do you throw co-parties or do you split the difference?

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