How My Parent’s Divorce Affected My Life

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* How my Parent’s divorce affected my Life * Children of divorce have lifelong effects. I grew up in a two-parent home for 17 years of my life. Then one day it was over, my parents announced they were getting a divorce. My parents had been married for 23 years and during that time they produced five children. I always knew my parents were going to be divorced someday, because all they did was argued. People say that you should stay together for the sake of the children, but is that what the children want. Children grow up in a household with parents who don’t get along or affected for the rest of their lives. * Divorce can be difficult, especially for children who have friends with parents that are still married. It often leaves them feeling ashamed of your family. Later in the years I grew up and married my high school sweetheart and we produced two children within 3 years of marriage. After almost 15 years of marriage, I realized my marital problems was affecting the children. My marriage was just as unhappy as my mothers. I found myself wanting to stay together for the sake of the children. Until I realize I’m not my mother and we don’t have the same predicament. My mother was a housewife, even though she was educated she had no income of her own. That wasn’t the case for me. I had went to school and worked to assure I would be able to take care of myself and my children without spousal support. “More significantly, in a society where nearly half of the children are likely to experience parental divorce, family breakup becomes a defining event of American childhood itself (Whitehead p716)” * “Divorce would not harm children but would lead to greatest happiness for children and the single-parents “(Whitehead p.714). I do agree that in the 1960s it was easier for women to stay in unhappy marriages for the sake of the

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