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Tiger Woods Admits to Infidelity

Together For the Kids: Should Elin Stay or Go?

If two's company and three's a crowd, living life in the double digits must be insufferable. In the curious case of Tiger Woods, the golfing great finally admitted to infidelity after two weeks of tabloid rumors and speculation. While marriages are no strangers to affairs, the manner in which the star athlete has allegedly conducted himself during his marriage leaves many dismayed. The number of women coming out of the woodwork, the voice mails, text messages, and his obvious lack of family prioritization would be enough to make most wives hire a divorce attorney. In this case, it remains to be seen what slighted wife Elin Nordegren Woods will do with her philandering husband. What's to stop her from leaving? Often it is the children. In this case there are two: Sam, 2, and Charlie,10 months.

In an effort to put forth a family front, many women make nice and play the Good Wife. Others call it a deal breaker and start fresh. Many argue that the latter requires more strength and willpower, but others contend that it is even bolder to stay in a relationship that appears to be beyond repair. Marital status often trumps the "strong mom" card, but then women who leave their husbands (Jenny Sanford for the time being) may be regaled as better role models for their children as they are seen as tough and resilient. In the end, it is a very personal decision and so much depends on the circumstances regarding the couple and the marital issues at hand. But if you were Elin Woods, what would you do: walk or stay?

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ashleepaigex ashleepaigex 7 years
I really agree with the comment above..Hopefully, she'll read this and take your advice =)
fades-the-sun fades-the-sun 7 years
Definitely with psterling and Pistil on this one --- parents who "stay together for the kids" often end up doing far more damage to their children than they would have had they gotten divorced. My parents should have divorced over 10 years ago (at least that's when my mom first told my older sister---14 at the time---that she planned to). They argued often, but more striking was the complete absence of love in their relationship. Not only did they sleep in different rooms, they slept on different floors, with my mother always making excuses ("He snores too loud".... "I like to watch tv til I fall asleep" etc.). But we always knew what was really going on, and resent it to this day. At 22, I have already seen the impact of this on my own relationships with men. I've stayed in extremely unhappy relationships with ex-boyfriends far longer than I should have, thinking it was just the "thing to do," or that eventually they would change. Some exes have claimed I never showed affection. Our parents' relationship(s) serve as a model that informs us of how to act in our own future relationships. When we grow up, we do what we know.
ashleepaigex ashleepaigex 7 years
I think she should try to work it out and talk to him. She really needs to listen her gut, and do what she thinks is best for her and her children:)
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I'd walk if I were her. I can't live with a guy I'll have trust issue with for the rest of my life, not to mention the possible STIs transfer due to his infidelity.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i'd stay for the money. hahaha no, but actually, since there are kids involved, i'd probably leave. they need a stable, trusting home.
lwimbush lwimbush 7 years
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Agree with the previous posters. Staying would be such a bad example for those kids. And how can you forgive a man for putting your life at danger? He had unprotected sex with all these women...if he would have caught a disease, maybe even aids, his kids might just get infected! He makes me sick?
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Agreed. I think staying together for the kids sometimes does more harm than good, for both the parents and the kids. I always wished my parents would have separated. There was so much tension at home when I was growing up, and I really resented them for that.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
If I was Elin, I would walk. In my opinion, staying married to a hurtful playboy makes for a bad marriage that would be a bad environment for the children (and myself). The way I see it, I would divorce FOR the kids and myself. JMHO.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
One word: GO! It wasn't one single affair to recuperate and fix a relationship over. It was multiple...her trust must be destroyed!
esweet esweet 7 years
I do not see how staying in a situation like this is good for the kids - I agree with previous posters that it sends a signal that the way Tiger acted was ok. I would RUN if I were Elin. She's young and hopefully can put this behind her. I have no idea how you trust someone again that was THAT reckless and disgusting with other women. Ugh!
psterling psterling 7 years
I'm all about working hard to salvage whatever you can but if things are irretrievably broken, staying together for the kids benefits no one. My parents remained married until my sister and I graduated high school so that they didn't have to feel bad about their children coming from a "broken home" but they fought so much that it really hurt my sister and I to even be around them. I would've much rathered if they had gotten a divorce and spared us all the pain and anger.
nicole121482 nicole121482 7 years
I agree with both previous posters...Tiger has done to much public damage to his marriage for Elin to stay with him. She should get out as fast as she can and hopefully find some new guy someday who sees her for the amazing person she is. Plus, if she stays, she will be setting a very bad example to her two children. Both daughter and son, she will be telling them it is Ok what their father did and the son could follow suit and the daughter could wind up with someone who would do that to her...Tiger lost his mind...
vmruby vmruby 7 years
I can't imagine her ever being able to muster up any forgiveness for his numerous affairs, the unprotected sex with a couple of them and for putting her health / life at risk. I believe she's going to have to dig really deep into her soul for that one. And taking all that into consideration plus the humiliation it's caused her I think she should take her kids and run ,not walk, away from him as fast as her feet will take her .....
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