If there’s one term I really dislike being referred to, its Broken Home. The implication being that we are not ok and that we need fixing.
I personally feel like we are more fixed now than before. My husband and I had two kids. We grew apart, fought too much, tried to work it out, couldn’t and we divorced. Whilst we do try to co-parent, I have the children the majority of the time. The three of us live in a very happy little home environment, with lots of fun and laughter. Yes, sometimes time is sparse between work, school, chores etc but that can be said of most families.
If I had stayed with my partner, whilst we wouldn’t have been termed ‘broken’ by society, we would have been broken internally. All of us, kids included, because kids hear, see and feel everything. There is no fooling them, in fact you would be the fool to imagine you are.
So, for all you couples trying to stay together for ‘the sake of the kids’, please don’t think this is any more beneficial other than in terminology for you to feel like you haven’t ‘broken’ the home. You haven’t! You may well have fixed it by leaving. So please don’t call us Broken, we’re fine, are you?