Guest Blogger DivorceWithDignity says: By choosing to make her divorce public, Christie Brinkley is damaging her children's future.
As America is glued to the Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook divorce proceedings, it's like they're watching a reality show. Cook says nannies raise the kids and that they watched porn together, while Brinkley and her lawyers have dragged his Internet porn obsession and preference for barely legal beauties into the spotlight. While it may seem like primetime entertainment, it hits close to home for me and my very painful split. I myself am a mother who went though a divorce with a man who behaved badly.
The major difference is, unlike Christie Brinkley, I didn't want to expose my children to the dark side of my husband's character or the hideousness of a messy divorce for a monetary gain or for sole child custody. By deciding to make her divorce public and creating the ensuing media frenzy, Brinkley has put her "woman scorned" status ahead of her children's well-being.
Her goal, it seems, is to humiliate her husband for his wrongs--and she has a lot to work with--and not protect her children. Does she really think Cook is a bad father? I don't think so, but in order to get back at him, she seems quite willing to use her children as pawns in her own ugly game. In my book, Cook, porn addictions and all, is severely flawed--but he's still their father. And the kids will always love him.
By trying to expose Cook for who he is, Brinkley has managed to expose herself as the less competent parent. What kind of example is she setting for her kids by publicly airing her dirty laundry across 500 channels 24/7?
For the sake of her children, I wish Christie would follow my own mother's advice. She would say, "Be a lady, bow out gracefully, and be a mother to your children."