News that Arnold Schwarzenegger is father to a secret child, now 10 years old, came as a shocker!
What’s next for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, who just announced last week that they were separated? What happens with their children after this kind of affair / love child scandal makes news???
In this Today show video clip, Dr. Gail Saltz, a Today show expert, talks with Matt Lauer about where the family goes from here after a scandal of this magnitude.
Dr. Saltz talks about the betrayal of infidelity and how extreme a scenario it is for Arnold to have kept a secret with someone on his household staff.
Dr. Saltz points to Schwarzenegger’s decision to keep the secret for his career, “instead of putting your wife’s concerns first.”
Saltz, who has provided family and relationship counseling, talks about how Arnold and Maria need to put personal anger aside and protect their kids. They have four children, ages 13 to 21.
“They have to try to work this out between themselves and work as a family so that the children can maintain a good mother and a good father,” Saltz shares.
They also discuss the secret child and the painful realization for that kid that someone else is his/her father, as well as the secret child knowing and probably playing with Arnold and Maria’s children over the years.
It’s so unfortunate to see this kind of behavior when there are children involved. Why don’t cheaters ever think about the people they will hurt by their actions?
Is there hope for Arnold and Maria to work things through enough to be good parents to their children?