Wise Words of a Six Year Old to her Divorced Parents

“I just want everyone to be friends” – the Wise Words of a Six Year Old to her Divorced Parents

In a video making its way around the internet, a six-year old girl named Tiana sits her divorced Mother and Father down to make a very simple request of them – she just wants everyone to be friends. In a two-and-a-half minute heart-felt, very eloquent speech to her parents, Tiana explains that “my heart is something. Everyone else’s heart is something too. And if we live in a world where everyone’s being mean, everyone’s gonna be a monster in the future.” She further encourages her parents that if she can be nice, “then all of us can be nice too.”

The video was purportedly made after Tiana observed a fight between her parents. Her mother identifies herself on Facebook as a “single mom working two jobs” and posts the antics of her adorable daughter for thousands of followers.

In several Pennsylvania counties, including Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties, any parent that petitions the court for a form of custody must attend a mandatory parenting class. These classes involve a video or discussion regarding the effects that protracted custody litigation can have on children and methods to prevent alienation of children through throughout the process. In certain, high conflict cases, it is not uncommon for a parent to request or the court to order co-parent counseling. In co-parent counseling, a trained therapist assist the parties with techniques to solve problems and address conflict as they learn to raise their children in two separate households and as co-parents.

Tiana’s words are important to all separated parents, divorced parents, and parents who may just fight in front of their children. As you learn to co-parent, remember the effect your angry words have on your children, and each other, and that if we can all be a little nicer, there will be a lot less monsters in the future.


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About Melissa Towsey

Melissa graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a double major in Sociology and Foreign Affairs. After working for several years as a paralegal in Washington, D.C., she attended The University of Villanova School of Law and graduated in 2010. During law school, Melissa was involved in several public interest organizations and published an article in Villanova’s Environmental Law Journal, “Something Stinks: The Need for Environmental Regulation of Puppy Mills” 21 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 159 (2010) http://www.animallaw.info/articles/arus21villenvtllj159.htm. After law school, Melissa clerked for the Honorable Thomas G. Parisi, Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division in the Court of Common Pleas, Berks County. Melissa is the supervising attorney of the firm’s Appellate Unit. The Appellate Unit handles all aspects of the appellate process for family law cases as well as advanced research within the firm. Melissa and her husband, Paul, reside in Montgomery County with their two cats Wembley and Gobo. In her spare time, she enjoys audiobooks, barbeques, and watching action movies.