Making good decisions when it comes to parenting is what these two couples are all about, and they demonstrate how step-parents and “real parents” can get along just fine, in fact not just fine, but amazingly well.
Maelyn Player at just 4 years of age has a great team of supporters around her, and when it is time for her soccer game, her mom, stepdad, dad, and stepmom are all there as one, cheering her on.
“Alex, the stepdad, is in the Army and stationed in Fort Bragg, but every time he is home all four of us attend,” said Emilee, Maelyn’s stepmom, per an April 2017 HuffingtonPost report.
“On a regular day it is the three of us, and we make it a point to sit together and cheer her on as a family.”
A photo of both couples wearing blue T-shirts with their family connection to Maelyn proudly displayed on the back went viral on Facebook, making other couples think about their relationships with ex-spouses and new partners.
Because of us, I will never believe co-parenting can't work! I KNOW through experience it CAN WORK! Choose to do what's best for your child and everything will just fall into place ❤
Maelyn’s mom, Clara, decided to have the shirts made to show others how all four adults support Maelyn.
Moreover, the two couples are able to extend their care into many areas of each other’s lives; even when stepmom Emilee was in labor with her own daughter, Clara was with her to offer support.
“She came in and checked on me and waited at the hospital until Everlee was born,” Emilee recalled.
The families obviously have a lot of respect and love for each other.
“We do all birthdays together for Maelyn,” said Clara. “We also go to each other’s birthday dinners with their own families, we do holidays together, we go to one another’s houses, we are literally always doing things together.”
They put a lot of work into harmonizing all of their relationships, but the rewards are great.
“Let go of any past feelings you may have and make it work for the sake of the child,” advises Clara. “Stay strong. It is work every single day to keep this going.”
To keep these relationships on a good footing, Emilee says, “Always respect the people involved because how you treat the other parents is a reflection of who you are.”
Wise words indeed.