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Ask Joanie: Is Divorce Ever Good for Kids? SWEEPS WINNER ANNOUNCED
January 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

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The Mad Life Panel tackles a tough question: Is divorce ever good for kids?

We're thrilled that Mad Life's very own Joanie Robach, will be joining us in the group to answer YOUR questions on this important topic, and to share her personal observations and experiences!

Check out the Mad Life episode below, then ask Joanie your questions.  Joanie will be joining us next week to share her answers!  Every member who submits a question in the replies below will be entered to win a $50 Target gift card!

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  • lillucky8
    January 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM
    I think divorce can be okay for the kids if the parents are constantly fighting and the kids see it.

    My question is, how do you approach the subject of the split with smaller kids?
  • Charizma77
    January 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM
    In some situations, I think so.
  • acrogodess
    January 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM
    What do you do when a child is depressed or blames themselves over the separation?
  • acrogodess
    January 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM
    What do you say to a young child when they wonder why mommy or daddy are gone?
  • MamaBear2cubs
    January 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    When the split is not amicable how long should you wait before bringing up custody and visitation?

  • kitty8199
    January 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM
    Not really a divorce question, but a marriage question. My dd father has never been involved. My bf wants to adopt her. When we get married. Question is how do we address the issue that he isn't her biological father. And at what age. She is just under 2 now.
  • othermom
    January 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I think that it depends on how well the parents can co-parent if the divorce.

  • othermom
    January 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    What is the best way to deal with a child's stress during a divorce?

  • Junesmommy18
    January 7, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Quoting slw123:

    Yes, if they live with parents that are always fighting, they are better off being separated.
  • KerryK
    by KerryK
    January 7, 2013 at 9:46 PM
    I think my kids would have been happier if my ex and I had split much sooner than we did, we fought constantly, I was depressed, and he was a poor excuse of a parent, pouring his online gaming above caring for the kids even when I was at work.
    I have also seen friend in abusive marriages where they think they need to stay together for the kids and it really makes me angry because they are doing so much more damage than a divorce would.

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