"Stay Together for the Kids" was released in February 2002 as the third single from pop punk band Blink-182's record Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. Although Mark Hoppus sings the song's two verses, Tom DeLonge, who sings the choruses, wrote this song about his parents' divorce during his teen years. Although the song was released in February 2002, before it became a single, the song was already a successful hit as a non-single peaking number 7 on the Modern Rock chart on the issue dated November 24, 2001, about 2 months after 9/11.
During the 2009 tour, Mark dubbed the song as a definition for their reunion, stating that the band has done exactly what the lyrics of the song state: that they have been together, broke up suddenly and unexpectedly, and then reunited to continue doing what they love most. The single peaked at number seven on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the issue dated November 24, 2001. "Stay Together for the Kids" was released as a single and EP with live tracks and video extras.
The filming for its music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, took place on September 9 and September 10, 2001, around the theme of a wrecking ball smashing through a house in which the band were performing. After the September 11 attacks, the band felt shots of a crumbling home (a metaphor for divorce) were questionable and re-made the video with the same crew. The new version depicts the band playing in a broken-down mansion populated by screaming kids, and is intended to convey the feeling of being in a broken home.