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Can a Divorced Couple Be One Big Happy Family?

We all know the Moore/Kutcher/Willis clan is the picture-perfect combined family. In the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar, covergirl Demi who posed with her three daughters talked about their family life. She said:

Look, I'm the product of divorced parents, and my brother and I were the pawns in my parents' game. I never wanted that for my kids. At that time, I could not have seen what a gift that situation was, but without that experience, I would not have known there was a different choice to make in my own divorce . . . You know, I didn't get married and have children so I could get a divorce, get remarried, and get along with my ex-husband. But since that is what happened, I am grateful it turned out this way.

To learn about another divorced duo who spend time together,

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And, it seems that starlet Kate Hudson and rocker Chris Robinson's recent comments follow suit when it comes to raising lil Ryder.

But, do you think it's possible for regular families to iron out the wrinkles in their relationships this smoothly?

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Advah Advah 7 years
Of course, this is as ideal as a divorce can be. I'd like to think that this is how I would react if I were to get married, have kids and divorce one day. But it's also easy to judge when you're not in the sitatuation; it's like any break up, sometimes it's easy to hang out with your ex, and sometimes there's too many feelings involved, and seeing the other person is the last thing you need when you're trying to move on with your life. I think that in these cases, no matter how much you want to make your kids happy, it must be too painful to hang out with their father/mother and his/her new significant other.
Advah Advah 7 years
Of course, this is as ideal as a divorce can be. I'd like to think that this is how I would react if I were to get married, have kids and divorce one day.But it's also easy to judge when you're not in the sitatuation; it's like any break up, sometimes it's easy to hang out with your ex, and sometimes there's too many feelings involved, and seeing the other person is the last thing you need when you're trying to move on with your life. I think that in these cases, no matter how much you want to make your kids happy, it must be too painful to hang out with their father/mother and his/her new significant other.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 7 years
I had a friend when I was younger whose parents were divorced and both remarried. They got along better than they did when they were married. Her mom even babysat her dad's kids! I had never seen such a civil divorced couple in my life. It was nice, though. The kids didn't feel torn between the two.
be4luv be4luv 7 years
I was in the middle of my parents divorce being the oldest of four children and 16 years old at the time. I never thought they would be able to have a civil converstaion again, it is now 13 years later and we have spent many wonderful holidays and family events with my mom, dad, and new step mother. I always commend my parents on putting their differences aside and putting their children first, so I KNOW it can be done.
macgirl macgirl 7 years
It's really nice to see divorced parents not use the kids as pawns. I do get a bit creeped out by the closeness of Ashton and Bruce. I may be projecting though. I have an ex that always wants to hang out like a big happy family. I still shutter at the thought of one awkward Easter 3 years ago that involved him, his fiance, me, my fiance, all the kids- oh and the girl that he cheated on me with that ended our marriage. My fiance thought it was weird and rude of him. I didn't really care as our marriage was over long before he cheated. Our situation is decent. We get along for the most part and impose the same rules at both houses. If my son is grounded at our house that grounding follows him to his dad's house on his nights.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 7 years
I agree lickety split. Money has a lot to do with it.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
yes, but..if one parent doesn't follow it i can see where this would just blow up. i also think that it's very easy for bruce/demi/ashton because there is 1) pleanty of money for everyone (no one is watching anyone ride off in a range rover from their double wide), and 2) all of the adults are satisified in their career of choice. for ordinary folks the stresses of alimony, career advances with a move vs staying with the kids are very real. no one in the bruce/demi/ashton situation has had to make any sacrifices have they? they're just living their lives exactly as they want to; who wouldn't be easy to deal with in that senerio?
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
yes, but..if one parent doesn't follow it i can see where this would just blow up. i also think that it's very easy for bruce/demi/ashton because there is 1) pleanty of money for everyone (no one is watching anyone ride off in a range rover from their double wide), and 2) all of the adults are satisified in their career of choice. for ordinary folks the stresses of alimony, career advances with a move vs staying with the kids are very real. no one in the bruce/demi/ashton situation has had to make any sacrifices have they? they're just living their lives exactly as they want to; who wouldn't be easy to deal with in that senerio?
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
Of course it's possible. So long as neither of the parents is irresponsible or abusive, all it takes is for both parents to put the children first. My parents aren't best buddies, but they certainly can - and have - spend time together for the sake of us kids. They've never played us off the other and they've always maintained a working relationship. As the product of that kind of divorce, honestly I don't understand the other way! How can parents care so much more about themselves than their kids that they can't put their own drama aside? Nobody could possibly think it's healthy for their children to deal with hateful parents.
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
Of course it's possible. So long as neither of the parents is irresponsible or abusive, all it takes is for both parents to put the children first. My parents aren't best buddies, but they certainly can - and have - spend time together for the sake of us kids. They've never played us off the other and they've always maintained a working relationship. As the product of that kind of divorce, honestly I don't understand the <em>other</em> way! How can parents care so much more about themselves than their kids that they can't put their own drama aside? Nobody could possibly think it's <em>healthy</em> for their children to deal with hateful parents.
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