Relationships end, and so do marriages. Often, all is not peaceful when they do, and the effects can impact on the whole family.
This means there is often some discomfort or ‘weirdness’ between a kid’s parents and their step-parents, with the younger ones caught in between. Sometimes, resentment comes along with breakups, meaning a tough time for everybody involved.
Things aren’t always this way, and it’s super-nice when a couple can split amicably. Even better when they can be happy about their ex-partner’s new life. One such family is the Loving-Henrys, who split up a while ago.
Corey Henry and Audrey Loving crossed paths as teenagers and soon became engaged. Riley, their daughter, was born four years ago.
Sadly, life, distance, and other things meant the Loving-Henrys parted ways. Riley lived full-time with Audrey, but while
Corey lives far away, he still plays a big role in their daughter’s life.
Corey eventually met a new lady, and they soon became boyfriend and girlfriend. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think this was a touchy topic.
However, mom Audrey made a point of telling Riley to be respectful and affectionate to her dad’s new girlfriend. Audrey grew up in a mixed family as a child and was aware that conflict between adults can sometimes make things difficult for the kids involved.
Riley listened to Audrey and developed a healthy relationship with Corey’s new partner. His ex-partner, meanwhile, was proud and posted her thoughts online. That praise extended to Corey’s new girlfriend, who would take on the role of Riley’s ‘other’ mom.
“This is my daughters fathers girlfriend. The sweetest thing ever! I’m super thankful for her because when she visits her dad she feeds her, takes care of her, buys her gifts, and basically takes care of her like her own. Why do all these moms act so spiteful and jealous towards the other women? NOONE said it was easy trying to be a mother to a kid you didn’t have. So when there is someone trying, don’t push them away! Because they DON’T need the drama they WILL leave and then you’re stuck with someone who is the evil step mom. Yes they exist! I see them everywhere! A kid can have two moms because in my eyes the more people that love her I’m happy! I would never make her feel like an outsider; I’m extremely thankful for this girl.
Ladies, grow up and focus on being a good mom. Love more hate less!”
Her comment got 5k responses from Facebook users, who felt Audrey was sending out a great message. And we couldn’t agree more. Some find it hard to be so proactive and mature, yet this mom’s attitude will help Riley feel surrounded by support and love. That’s far better than a life full of resentment and conflict.
How awesome is Audrey?