It seems to me that Maddie is taking the divorce a bit too hard. I'm sure most of her friends and school-mates have divorced parents. Maddie's parents have taken a lot of care with this situation. They talked to the girls and have made them their priority and are spending much quality time with them. Now it is a few months later, Maddie should be adjusting.
I'm not sure that it is wise to hide the fact that other people are involved such as Peggy and Deacon. Because the reality of divorce is that people divorce to be with someone else.
There's no such thing as "too hard" when it comes to stuff like this, IMO. Divorce is, at best, a huge disruption in routine, and it can take a long time to establish a new routine. Plus her parents are both public figures and she literally had to read about speculation about fidelity in line at the supermarket - that adds a whole new layer.
Plus she's not even really taking it that hard - she's being sullen and mouthy, but the VAST majority of 13-year-old girls are sullen and mouthy regardless of their home lives. She's not experimenting with drugs or acting out sexually.
And people don't always divorce to be with someone else. People divorce because one or both parties no longer wants to be married. My parents divorced when I was 14; neither has remarried, and neither entered into a new relationship until much later. And with Peggy, I could see treading carefully because Maddie knew that Teddy had been unfaithful with Peggy, and I think generally it's wise to wait to introduce a new person to your kids until you're sure they're going to be around for a while. With Deacon, it really is all or nothing (he and Rayna can't really casually date, with all the history between them), so I could see bringing Deacon around sooner.
I didn't get buying someone a puppy as a gift in the first place. Unless you know they want a puppy, which Juliette didn't know about Deacon.
Terrible, selfish idea - totally unfair to the animal (and I'm not even an animal person). You never give someone a pet unless you know for sure they want it. Same goes for people who give kids pets without checking with the parents. Just don't do it.
Edited by Empress1, May 11, 2013 @ 6:56 PM.