Should Unhappy Parents Stay Together?

Many of the unhappily married parents I speak with talk about staying married for the sake of their children. “We’ll wait until the kids leave for college, so they can grow up in a home with a mom and a dad” is an all too common refrain. The problem with this logic, though well-intended, is that it doesn’t consider the negative impacts on children of growing up in a home with parents who are not true partners, who don’t love or even like each other, who fight or ignore each other, or worse.

Here is a new Huffington Post article that includes 7 reasons (see #4 for my contribution) why it might not be such a good idea for parents who are not happily married to stay together:

Staying Unhappily Married Won’t Help Children