Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jon and Kate: Life After Divorce

I was interviewed by Valerie Nome of OK! Magazine for a story on the impact of divorce on the many children of Jon and Kate Gosselin. The article appears in this week's issue of the magazine. My contribution was to draw attention to the need to be very sensitive in how Jon's relationship to the woman he is now spending time with is conveyed and discussed with the children. Their ability to make sense out of what role this "other woman" may be playing in their lives, and what she means about potentially replacing their mother, is, of course, influenced by where each of the children is in their own stage of development and in their ability to understand in general. Given how visable this family is, this will be an especially challenging task. From what else is conveyed in this rather sensitive piece of reporting, it sounds as if Jon and Kate are really doing the best for these children during this trying transition period by putting the children's feelings and needs first.

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