twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Exes Get Even in Public

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

How does airing dirty laundry affect the kids?

alec baldwin see more photos exes gallery

This week, a vile voice mail Charlie Sheen left for ex-wife Denise Richards was leaked online. In it, he called Denise the n-word, and he's since issued a public apology--not to Richards, but to his African-American best man.

But Richards, who often vents about Charlie on her E! reality show, makes no apologies. "The gloves are off," she told TV Guide. "When I keep my mouth shut, [Charlie] continues to fuel [the feud] anyway, so I'm not gonna sit back anymore."

This is just the latest in a long string of bitter exes getting even with their jilted lovers in a very public way.

When Alec Baldwin's hate-filled voice mail to his daughter was released (in which he called her a "thoughtless little pig"), he placed the blame squarely on ex-wife Kim Basinger, with whom he's been embroiled in a bitter divorce and custody battle for years.

MTV Road Rules star Kendal Sheppard went off on her baby's dad, actor Josh Henderson of Desperate Housewives, on her MySpace page on Father's Day. She wrote: "A feeling of anger and rage sweeps my body when I think of little Asa's biological deadbeat dad."

Of course, these aren't the only people to air their dirty laundry online or in print ... Mia Farrow, Dina and Michael Lohan, the YouTube divorce woman ... the list goes on and on.

But one has to wonder: How does this affect the kids?

Divorce recovery coach Suzy Brown, author of Radical Recovery: Transforming the Despair of Your Divorce into Unexpected Good, says, "This type of vitriolic public expression is very harmful for kids," she says. "After all, children these days are getting online younger and younger"--and that means as soon as they're old enough to Google, all of this negative information about Mommy and Daddy is just a click away.

Remember, she says: No matter how you feel about your ex, he's still your kid's father. "Spewing all the hatred is damaging to your children because he is still your kid's parent, no matter what," says Brown, who was divorced in 2000 and is a mother of four. She says parents' public battles can stress a kid out, strain their relationship with both parents, and damage their self-esteem. "Getting revenge rarely works. It's very detrimental for the kids when all this negativity is out there for everyone to see."

According to Brown, it's natural to experience feelings of grief, anger, and despair. But you can never move forward if you are still harboring those feelings of hatred. "You just have to figure out how to move on, especially for your kids," she says. "People always say how terrible divorce is for children, but we can teach them some very valuable lessons by our behavior if we make the right choices. You can teach kids to how to work through emotions and control their anger. You can't always keep yourself from being angry or sad, but you can control the way you deal with those feelings."

What do you think of these exes getting even online?


next: Political Drama-Rama
112 comments so far | Post a comment now
cabbage soup diet February 27, 2011, 7:46 PM

Effectively, this is my very first visit to your weblog! We’re a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new initiative in a community throughout the same niche. Your weblog offered us useful information to work on. You’ve gotten carried out a marvellous job! Anyway, in my language, there are not a lot good source like this.

mininet February 27, 2011, 7:57 PM

I used to be questioning what’s up with that bizarre gravatar??? I do know 5am is early and I’m not looking my finest at that hour, however I hope I do not appear to be this! I might however make that face if I’m requested to do one hundred pushups. lol Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good source like this.

link building service February 28, 2011, 10:00 PM

There are certainly numerous details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the ideas above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you convey up where a very powerful factor might be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if finest practices have emerged round issues like that, however I am certain that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Anyway, in my language, there will not be a lot good supply like this.

buy backlinks March 1, 2011, 9:00 PM

Have you ever thought of adding extra movies to your weblog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I imply I just read by way of the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m extra of a visible learner,I found that to be more helpful well let me know the way it seems! I really like what you guys are at all times up too. Such intelligent work and reporting! Sustain the good works guys I’ve added you guys to my blogroll. This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information.. I will go to your weblog regularly for some latest post. Anyway, in my language, there will not be much good supply like this.

high pr backlinks March 3, 2011, 5:22 AM

Took me time to read all the feedback, however I really loved the article. It proved to be very useful to me and I am positive to all the commenters here! It is always good when you cannot only learn, but additionally engaged! I am certain you had pleasure writing this article. Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good source like this.

edu backlinks March 3, 2011, 6:04 PM

Glorious data here. This interesting post made me smile. Possibly should you throw in a few pictures it would make the entire thing extra interesting. Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good supply like this.

link wheel March 5, 2011, 2:49 AM

Can I make a suggestion? I believe youve received one thing good here. However what if you added a couple links to a page that backs up what youre saying? Or perhaps you might give us something to look at, something that would join what youre saying to something tangible? Only a suggestion. Anyway, in my language, there will not be a lot good source like this.

Josh Harteau March 13, 2011, 6:32 AM

Hello Way cool stuff, will have to try it. By the way, the link doesn’t work. Can you please help? Thanks once more for taking the time to put this online. I unquestionably enjoyed every bit of it.

Leon Wozniackiss March 14, 2011, 6:04 PM

I truly wanted to write down a word in order to say thanks to you for some of the superb solutions you are placing on this site. My incredibly long internet investigation has at the end of the day been recognized with wonderful concept to write about with my good friends. I ‘d claim that most of us visitors actually are unquestionably blessed to be in a useful network with very many special professionals with useful secrets. I feel extremely blessed to have discovered your webpages and look forward to plenty of more fabulous moments reading here. Thank you once more for all the details.

Life Plus March 17, 2011, 1:56 PM

If the OTBA, HMI, the City and our delegate THINK instead of REACTING, you’ll find that this store can do for Old Town what Ginger Rogers did for Fred Astaire give it sex appeal. Give this store owner a chance.

plastic surgery made easy April 5, 2011, 5:08 PM

I really enjoyed the post so I used my Digg account to digg it - should assist you

plastic surgery made easy April 5, 2011, 5:09 PM

Google really did a gr8 job helping me discover your site - its good.


Back to top >>
advertisement