In a perfect world, you'd probably never have to talk to your kids about Jon and Kate Gosselin's pending divorce. But since they dragged their eight children into their 15-seconds-of-fame reality show, viewers now face a decision about what to say to their own kids about what happens to families when marriages end. I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that few will hold the Gosselins up as role models. But this is what our kids are seeing. They see it on TV, online, on magazine covers. While they know that "reality" shows aren't so "real," these shows still have a real impact. So how do we make sure that "reality" shows don't shape our own kids' impressions?
The answer lies in making sure that we have a talk with our kids so that they hear our own messages about life, not just the media's. For example, with Jon and Kate, it's important that we remind our kids that this is just a show, and it only reflects one family's reality. In fact, every family is different, and eachRead More »from Don't Let Jon and Kate Teach Your Kids About Divorce