This NY Times Modern Love column on March 7, 2021 (“My Two-House, Duffel-Bag Life”) was kind of incredible in describing a high schooler’s feelings about her parents’ divorce (which apparently happened at her age 7). Although it sounds like the parents did almost everything right in this divorce situation, I kept asking WHY this child was forced to draft a duffel bag full of her possessions back and forth between households? It was obviously traumatic for her, and so unnecessary — if she has two households, she should have had almost everything she needed at both houses. Which parent wasn’t providing her with the necessary toiletries at their house?
And I couldn’t help but notice she also was also sensitive to knowing that the parents fought about who had her on spring break. The kids always know. Please parents, read this and think about your own child who is going through at least this, and possibly worse, between your two households.