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Danielle Worried Fighting Could Lead to Divorce on 'Downsized' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 31st 2011 2:18AM
'Downsized'The Bruce family represents millions of Americans who've found themselves losing long-standing jobs and sliding down the socioeconomic ladder in the United States.

As such, we see a lot of our struggles in what they're facing on 'Downsized' (Tue., 9PM ET on TLC).

Most recently, it's been the medical costs of their son's asthma attack now that they no longer have insurance. How to deal with those costs has lead to more fighting in the house, which is cause for concern for youngest daughter Danielle.

She'd already seen her mother get divorced once, and while she didn't know much about why it happened, she knows there was a lot of fighting.

Financial stress is one of the biggest reasons couples fight, and medical bills form one of the biggest financial stresses you can have when you're un(der)employed and un(der)insured.

Luckily, Danielle voiced her concerns to her mother, and they were able to talk about it. This was good for both Danielle and for Laura, who was able to take a step back and see how her fighting with Todd might be impacting the kids and the family dynamic.

Obviously, the issues aren't going to magically go away, but they can be more vigilant in trying to control what the kids see as they discuss these things, and make sure the kids are ensured that no matter what struggles come their way, it's never going to be enough to break up the family.

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