One of the biggest casualites that are sometimes forgotten about during the divorce process are the children. The kids were there for it all, especially the fighting that happens pre-divorce as well as during and post. The oldest daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Katherine (pictured above), is in the media as of late speaking about her parents failed marriage after 25 years together. She has been quiet, but broke that silence Harpers Bazaar and was very open about her feelings.
“Me and my siblings have never really been in the spotlight growing up,” she told the magazine. “My parents always really sheltered us, so when [the separation] started happening, it was like everything came out of nowhere overnight.”
She says the media backlash began shortly after. “I would go out to lunch, and literally 20 people would come and scream at me. And I’m like, this is so inappropriate; you’re trying to provoke me to have an attack and say something crazy.”
She spent time in London to escape the scandal where the split wasn’t as big of a deal. Still, she says she doesn’t pay any attention to tabloids. “I see them, but I choose not to read the stories because I figure whether it’s true or not, I don’t need to,” she explained. “I just focus on my family and everyone being okay instead of following the gossip.”
Katherine goes on to say that, “I really do believe everything happens for a reason. A lot of the time, it’s hard to understand in the moment why things are happening, but I really do think that. I also like to think God doesn’t really give you anything you can’t handle.”
It’s hard on normal families, I can’t imagine one that is in the spotlight like they are. What do you feel parents can do — or, don’t do – to make the divorce process as easy as possible for their children? Share some of your ideas.