Fam­ily fights healthy: Dern


LAURA Dern’s par­ents broke up when she was two. Now the ac­tress tells Stella, the mag­a­zine of Eng­land’s Tele­graph news­pa­per, it’s healthy for cou­ples to ar­gue in front of their chil­dren.

“I don’t think kids ex­pect the fairy tale any­more… in our par­ents’ gen­er­a­tion you hid ev­ery­thing. A ther­a­pist would now tell you that it’s good to fight in front of them as long as they can see the res­o­lu­tion.

“This is be­ing hu­man — you get an­gry, you get hurt, you yell and say things you don’t mean — and then you cir­cle back and you’re ac­count­able. Other­wise kids hit adult­hood and they don’t know how to deal with con­flict.”

Dern has been mar­ried to mu­si­cian Ben Harper for 14 years. They have two pre­teens.

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