Divorce is one of the more unpleasant experiences faced by people in the modern world, yet it remains one of the most common. Though ideas differ wildly about the wisdom of divorce and its potential effects on a family, there is little debate over the idea that the event can be especially difficult for children. Each year, however, a large number of children experience the impact that divorce can have on the concept of a family, with some circumstances more emotionally forgiving than others. In a way, the prevalence of divorce may help young people by giving those going through the process a greater chance of having a friend or peer who has experienced something similar and can relate. But soon, the intimate details of one divorce in particular, as well as its impact on a family, will be the subject of an in-depth reality television show.
The popular series “John and Kate Plus 8,” a show featuring a couple and their eight small children, has shocked many fans with news that the husband and wife will be proceeding with a divorce. Rather than cancel the show based on what might seem like an ending of the intended plot line, the producers have decided to incorporate the divorce into the show itself, keeping the cameras rolling while the family explores this common yet highly personal and emotionally volatile process. Criticism of the decision has been rampant, with many upset over the potential of the show to intrude on the family’s privacy and the children’s understanding as the divorce takes place. Others are welcoming the move, pointing out that it could contribute to a more open public forum on divorce and how families can take an effective approach.
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