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Nine months after the car accident heard 'round the world, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have finalized their divorce. In the past nine months, Woods confessed to infidelities, went to rehab, lost sponsors and rejoined the world of golf. Nordegren, on the other hand kept silent and took care of their kids -- daugther Sam, 3, and son Charlie, 1. All the while, every detail of Woods' affairs was picked up by the media, making it a hot topic around the watercooler. (Even my 9-year-old daughter was telling mild Tiger jokes.) So how does the ultimate golfer and the beautiful mother of his children bring closure to a family's worst nightmare? With class.
In a situation where so many exes are at each other's throats, the former couple put aside their differences, united and made clear that their priority was their children. In a joint statement released on Aug. 23, the couple said: "While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us."
This is absolutely one of the most publicized divorces of our time. Though there is a copious amount of money involved (some say Nordegren could receive around $100 million) and there are the endless juicy details that led to the "irretrievably broken" marriage, there is a greater message being sent: The most important thing divorcing parents can do is to make sure that their children feel safe, protected, important and loved. Sam and Charlie will grow older and will have access to all of the gory details of the past nine months, but they will also be able to read the words of two parents who loved them enough to work together to dissolve their marriage while strengthening their parenting. If more divorcing adults took Woods and Nordegren's example and approach, many more children could breathe a sigh of relief.
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