Eleanor blames her parents' divorce on her unethical ways and personality. On the other hand, the other Eleanor describes how her own childhood trauma motivated her to go to law school and make ethical choices.
After Mr.Kindle discloses to his class that also has a child but the child lives with his mother, the topic of divorce comes up in the kindergarten classroom. The children talk about the how they interpret divorce and the reasons why their teacher is divorced.
Grandma tells her grandson about the only memory she remembers; speaking on how his own negative thoughts and feelings are controlling him. He comes home to his mother telling him he's the child she never wanted whilst continuing to crush his hopes. All creating a negative environment for a kid to grow up in.