Dr. Forshee lends her comments to Life & Style weekly about Shakira and her boyfriend’s alleged breakup, and what they should do to make it easier on their two children.
Relationship expert Dr. Danielle Forshee — a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker who specializes in high-conflict situations such as relationship and marital problems — exclusively shared with Life & Style how they can help their sons cope.
“The narratives Shakira and Gerard give to their children about why they are apart should be consistent,” she explained. “Because of their ages, both Milan and Sasha are in critical developmental years. Both of their brains are very plastic, meaning they are making new neural connections every single day through experiences with their parents and the world around them. Additionally, Milan and Sasha are experiencing key social and emotional milestones right now, particularly when it comes to healthy attachment bonds to both Shakira and Gerard. These factors are imperative for Shakira and Gerard to understand and consider during this transition, and should be used as a guide for how they will decide to co-parent.”