Josie Bissett Wants Kids to Just Get Along!

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Josie Bissett isn’t one to accept sibling rivalry as part of life. She hates it when her 10-year-old son Mason and seven-year-old daughter Maya disagree!20080502_rnn_f05_104

“It drives me absolutely crazy when my kids fight, the sound of them fighting and not getting along,” she told Examiner. “I don’t go for it at all.” Instead she says they “need to treat each other with respect and love each other,” so she has a zero tolerance policy on disrespect. “It doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, but I just don’t believe in it.”

“My son says, ‘Hey, Mom, all siblings fight.’ And I say, ‘Why do they have to?’ I challenge him on it. Just because you see [other people] fighting doesn’t mean you have to act that way. They’re starting to get it.”

While she’s enjoying a booming career, with roles on The Secret Life of an American Teenager and the revamped Melrose Place series, Josie is hesitant about encouraging her children to pursue acting. She’ll bite her tongue and let the children find their own way, because she believes “the most important thing in life is to find what we all love to do.”

“If my kids decide to be actors and really, truly love it and are passionate about it, then I would definitely want to help them along their way, but it’s a tough business. I think what I want for them most is stability and happiness — and however they decide to find that is up to them, and my job is to be there and guide them the best I can.”

As if the acting didn’t keep her busy enough, Josie is also an accomplished author. Her next project is a book by children, for children, designed to help them deal with divorce.

“I want it to be from the child’s perspective,” she explained. “I want to interview children who have come from divorced families and adults who come from divorced families.”

She acknowledges the role Mason and Maya played during her divorce from Rob Estes.

“I think that every decision I made came from what’s best for the kids. If both parents have the children’s best interests in mind, it’s going to go OK. The second that the parents don’t do that, it gets ugly.”

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