If you’re considering splitting up with your spouse, you don’t necessarily have to feel guilty — at least when it comes to your kids. Or so says actress Anna Kendrick who opened up about her parents’ split . “They taught me that staying together for the kids is the wrong approach,it perpetuates this warped idea of what a healthy relationship looks like.” And free yourself from the thought that your home will be “broken” once you and your spouse sign the divorce papers. “I hate when people think you’re broken because your parents are divorced,” said Kendrick . Kendrick is exactly right, says Barbara Greenberg, PhD, a clinical psychologist “The term ‘broken home’ is dated,” she says. “The measure of brokenness or damage isn’t based on whether the parents are still married but what’s going on in the home.” Here, three things Greenberg believes parents who are considering parting ways should keep in mind: 1: Happy parent, happy child. “Kids do so much better in a harmonious household,” Greenberg says. “If a parent is happy and at peace because he or she is divorced, the child is in much better hands " 2: Staying together for the kids is foolish. “Couples who say they’re staying together for their kids are probably afraid of splitting apart for other reasons, including fear of starting over, financial worries, etc.,” she says. 3: Your kids won’t necessarily need a shrink when they’re older. “The research is mixed on whether children of divorce will have relationship issues,” Greenberg says. “Relationships are the trickiest part of life. Most of us can handle our jobs better than our relationships and your divorce doesn’t necessarily mean that your kids won’t be able to forge quality long-term relationships later in life.” Please follow @YahooParenting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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