Can a Bad Partner Be a Good Dad?

By now, we've all heard about Mel Gibson's latest episode in an appalling string of gaffes -- this one involving threatening and verbally abusing baby mama Oksana Grigorieva (who incidentally bears a frightening resemblance to Octomom, but that’s another post). And now word on the street is that the one-time heartthrob may be ordered to attend co-parenting classes with Grigorieva. Obviously, Mel doesn't treat his ex so great, but is there hope that he could still be a good dad, despite the bullying, arrogant, irrational, incompassionate behavior he allegedly demonstrated?

"As a family life educator, you have to believe that everyone is teachable," says Deborah Cashen, founder and president of the Houston-based Parenting Partnerships, which offers online and in-person classes for splitting couples. In the four-hour co-parenting course, couples are given tools for managing conflict and reducing their own stress and their children's, to help ensure the smoothest possible transition from one home to two.

So I'm wondering if Gibson, who's been accused of punching Grigorieva in the face and breaking her teeth, is going to learn how to become a decent human being in four hours -- or if it will be a more intensive class, seeing how he was recorded threatening to kill her, right after dropping a few racial bombs and demanding sexual favors.

"The focus of the co-parenting course is each individual parent's relationship with the child or children," says Cashen. "If there’s domestic violence or anger management involved, those courses are more like 18 weeks."

Here’s hoping Gibson gets the schooling he needs.

Do you think a bad partner can be a good dad? Chime in below!

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