Should You Stay Together For the Kids?
Research shows that marriages are vulnerable to break up at two distinct periods - the first being when the newness wears off and a couple discovers that sharing a bathroom isn’t so great anymore. Or secondly when the youngest child goes off to school. The pairs who have stuck it out for the kids no longer have to pretend that they are in a loving marriage.
I get the whole bathroom disillusionment. But sticking it out for the kids? Does that really reduce the therapy bill for the kids down the line? I’ve often wondered if I’d have less personal baggage if my parents had been capable of pulling off that act. Convincing research lies with both camps: those that suggest you should split if your marriage is spoiling, and those that say a less-than-perfect marriage is far better than a divorce.
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