Tiger Woods misses his father's advice. Billy Ray Cyrus thinks he could have done better. Pia Toscano discovered Motown singing with her father. What memories are you creating as a father this week?
While Tiger Woods putts his way through the world golf circuit, Wayne Rooney becomes the butt of British jokes, and John Maronto faces the end of his teaching career, an Iranian mother of two faces death by stoning after being convicted of adultery. Beyond the betrayal of family, the price for affairs and adultery is deeply influenced by wealth and geography.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren divorced today in Florida's Bay County Court, joining a parade of celebrity couples who have discovered exceptional talent and resources cannot make up for broken promises and lacking skills. The lasting legacy for little Sam and Charlie Woods will depend on Tiger and Elin's ability to make good on public pronouncements, maturity and commitment far different than the actions that led to their shattered dreams.
While few beyond Tiger Woods and his wife likely will (or should) ever know the full truth to the claims now widely circulated in both the tabloid and popular press, it’s all too understandable how public icons can be led horribly astray, apparently blinding themselves in the process to the eventual price they’ll almost certainly pay. For those who are most accomplished and recognized, the decisions they make are often much more about a hunger for validation than a yearning for sex. Marriage education founded on emotional literacy is an important solution.