Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Staying because of the kids..

After a 25-year marriage as one of the nation's leading power couples in Hollywood and politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have split up. I cant even begin to imagine how difficult this announcement is for the couple, they have four children, ages 14, 18, 20 and 21, and long projected the image of a close and loving couple.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

I commend the couple for having the courage to split after the realization that years in the marriage neither party was happy. And listen Shriver is  55, and Schwarzenegger, 63, so I'm sure the concept of starting over at this stage of their lives is not ideal.

Hollywood and politics aside, I have heard of couples that instead of separating choose to stay in their marriages even if they fall out of love with their partner. Most attribute the reason to stay as fear of starting over or in most cases waiting it out for the kids. So my question of the day is this: would you stay in a marriage because of your kids? We have all heard the merits of raising children in a two parent household, is it worth sticking out after the love is gone?

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