Heidi Klum & Seal's Split Could Cause Kids To Spiral Out Of Control, Says Expert

Mon, January 23, 2012 4:47pm EST by 6 Comments
Heidi Klum Divorce

The extreme stress from Heidi and Seal’s separation could damage their four children! A top child psychiatrist told HollywoodLife.com how they can help their kids handle the breakup.

Heidi Klum and Seal recently announced that they’re splitting up after six years of a seemingly happy marriage. We were shocked, so how will the kids handle the news? Dr. Susan Abbott, a top child and adolescent psychiatrist, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively the best way to handle the separation when it comes to their four kids — Leni, 7, Henry, 6, Johan, 5, and Lou, 2. “Being children of wealth, their parents should be careful with over indulging them or disregarding their limitations because they feel guilty over the split,” Dr. Abbott explained.

Dr. Abbott says that involved parents like Heidi and Seal should continue participating and keeping life as normal as possible. Here’s her tips for handling the separation:

  • Have joint custody
  • Both participate in major life decisions in the kids’ lives
  • Do the same activities they did before the split
  • Keep everything as normal as possible

What not to do? Overindulge the children out of guilt! “Kids can spiral out of control and become spoiled,” Dr. Abbott warned. “Studies show that children do well if situations of extreme stress, like a parent separation, are handled as normal as possible.”

She explained that young children (elementary school age) are “egocentric.” “They believe they are to blame for the events that occur around them,” she said. “They have to reassure the children, not just once but throughout time, that the separation is not their fault and has nothing to do with them.”

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Posted at 9:31 PM on June 13, 2012  

I love Seal & Heidi, they are both beautiful people!!!!!

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Posted at 9:00 AM on May 29, 2012  

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Posted at 11:44 PM on February 12, 2012  

Heidi and Seal need to stay together. My husband and I celebrate 28 years this year. I think they need to spend more time together, and they need to take some time to rest. Four children in seven years is a huge tax on your energy. Seal needs to let go of his world travel, no job is worth losing your family over. Don’t give up, keeping that vow of marriage is so worth it. I will be praying for their family.

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Posted at 12:25 AM on January 24, 2012  

Good…now maybe she can be with a guy who isn’t so UGLY!!!

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Posted at 11:15 PM on January 24, 2012  

wow! really?..that’s your comments?

and your miss america right?

your ugly for saying such a thing

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Posted at 1:14 AM on March 19, 2012  

Really? lol you probably think yourself beautiful. I guess everybody else thinks different.

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