Peaceful Divorce

Demi Moore and Bruce Willis Winners of First Annual Celebrity Co-Parent Awards

West Palm Beach, FL: Rosalind Sedacca, CCT, founder of National Child-Centered Divorce Month in July, and Cynthia Tiano, Esq., creator of the Celebrity Co-Parent Awards, have announced that Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are the winners as the Celebrity Co-Parents of the Year at the first annual Celebrity Co-Parent Awards.

“These two parents are ideal role models for families facing the challenges of divorce,” says Sedacca, a Certified Corporate Trainer and author of the book, How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children -- with Love! “Demi and Bruce have demonstrated all the qualities of a Child-Centered Divorce: responsible, loving and respectful co-parenting that puts the children’s emotional needs first when making any parenting decisions.”

Celebrity divorces have too often been examples of divorce gone wrong. Most recently there has been lots of negative publicity about the Christie Brinkley/Peter Cook divorce, and plenty of commentary about how it all is going to effect their children.

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, Hulk and Linda Hogan, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, and on and on, these divorcing celebrity couples play out in public arenas dramatic exaggerations of what many other people are experiencing in private. They are all caught up in a never-ending spiral of negativity and pain. And, until now, the media has focused on catching these celebrities acting out the anger and pain of their breakups in the courtroom.

“It’s time to focus on and acknowledge those celebrities who have demonstrated a commitment to working together and placing their children first even during the toughest of times,” says Cynthia Tiano, Esq., a 26 year divorce attorney turned mediator and author of Happily Divorced! Secrets of the Win-Win Formula. “All of our celebrity co-parent contenders deserve recognition for their efforts to create peaceful divorces for themselves and their children. It was a difficult decision to select one couple, but Demi and Bruce’s commitment to respectful co-parenting for their children has withstood the test of time,” says Tiano.

Demi Moore has been candid and open about her own parents’ divorce, and how it has solidified her commitment to getting along with her ex, Bruce Willis. “I’m the product of divorced parents, and my brother and I were the pawns in my parents’ game. I never wanted that for my kids”, said Moore. “At that time, I could not have seen what a gift that situation was, but without that experience, I would not have known there was a different choice to make in my own divorce.”

About her own co-parenting relationship with Bruce Willis, Moore says, “We get so much from being able to share holidays and spend time with all of us together. The kids don’t have to choose. They’re getting double the support, double the love, double the encouragement.”

And how does Demi’s hubby Ashton Kutcher feel about it all? About Bruce Willis, Kutcher says, “He (Bruce), shares the three most precious things in his life with me. If I didn’t honor that, I would be an idiot.”

The other contenders for the award were Robin Williams and his soon-to-be former wife Marsha, who have publicly committed to using the Collaborative Divorce model which avoids acrimonious litigation to achieve a peaceful outcome, and Vanessa Williams and her two exes, Rick Fox and Ramon Hervey, who celebrate holidays together as one family, keeping the well-being of their children in mind and providing an atmosphere of love and respect among the parent figures in their lives.

During Child-Centered Divorce Month, Sedacca and Tiano are passionate about enlisting the nation’s legal and therapeutic communities to bring a heightened awareness to parents about how deeply their children are affected by their behavior toward each other. “We can never overemphasize how dramatically parental decisions about divorce can affect their children – in the short-term and for years to come,” notes Sedacca.

The Child-Centered and Peaceful Divorce communities are honored to recognize those celebrities who co-parent their children with respect toward each other, and extend a special honor to Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, winners of the First Annual Celebrity Co-Parent Awards for their peaceful post-divorce co-parenting. They encourage Demi and Bruce to speak out offering parenting advice they can share with others walking in their shoes.

During Child-Centered Divorce Month, and thereafter, the professional peaceful divorce community will be providing insights, tips and effective strategies for creating positive divorces for children and parents through interviews, teleseminars, workshops and other events. Visit http://www.childcentereddivorce.com and http://www.peacefuldivorce.ning.com to learn more.

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Comment by Rosalind Sedacca, CCT on August 1, 2008 at 1:54pm
Thanks for your comments and support, Amy. I believe your statement about children watching both parents closely and model their behavior accordingly to be a key point that parents need to understand. Thanks for reminding us all!

Rosalind
Comment by Dr. Amy Botwinick on July 30, 2008 at 10:09pm
This is such an important topic. Divorcing parents owe it to their children to be the adults during the transition and beyond to mimimize the negative effects on children. Remember, they didn't ask for the divorce and its unfair that they have to suffer. To minimize the fall out, each parent needs to compartmentalize their anger as they learn to become effective co-parents together. Children watch both parents deal with the divorce very closely. If the parents behave well, the children will transition easier.

Families who work with a therapist during this transition can help minimize the emotional, financial and legal issues that come up during the divorce process. The number one thing to keep in mind at all times is to put the childrens best interest first and learn how to work with the ex spouse in a more effective way as coparents.

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