Cupid's Pulse Article: Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry Keep It CivilCupid's Pulse Article: Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry Keep It Civil

Actress Halle Berry and model former beau Gabriel Aubry go global with their 2-year-old daughter, Nahla.  The former couple, who broke up in June, may not feel the sparks flying anymore, but the love of their daughter keeps them close.  In recent months, they have been seen together in California, South Africa and England, according to People.  “They are great parents and they want the best for Nahla,” said a source close to Berry.  “They’re going to co-parent and go on with their lives.”

Should a couple stay together for the sake of their children?

Cupid’s Advice:

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry chose to separate, despite their daughter.  It can be extremely difficult to decide whether to stick out a relationship that isn’t working or to go your separate ways when there are children involved.  Cupid points out some things to consider:

1. Can you remain civil?: If you aren’t able to put aside your issues when your children are in the room, separating is probably the best option.  Exposing kids to an unhappy and hostile relationship can teach them the wrong lessons.  If you’re able to keep it civil, it might be best to stick out a poor relationship for the sake of keeping your family intact.

2. Be realistic: No relationship is perfect, and life isn’t like the movies.  Overall happiness is important, but chances are you aren’t going to be happy with your mate every minute of the day.  Make sure that the problems you are having in your relationship truly are unresolvable before you do anything drastic like involve your children.

3. Think like your kids: It may feel like all the pressure in the world is on top of you when you’re forced to decide whether your relationship is worth fighting for.  Stop thinking like an adult for a little while.  Put yourself in your child’s shoes and consider what the best scenario is from his or her perspective.