Parenting is HARD, and when you and your child’s other parent have split up, the everyday parenting challenges are mixed in with co-parenting from two different households, and it can undoubtedly make it all even more difficult. When two parents are able to work together for their child’s benefit even though they don’t live together, it’s always a WIN for everyone—and something to be applauded in this day and age.
That’s probably why when single mom Jessica Singleton posted a glowing tribute to her ex on Facebook last week, it went immediately viral, with over 135,000 shares!!! This kind of cooperation between exes is so rare, and Jessica and her ex’s story is truly inspiring! The mom of toddler Pierson says:
This is my ex. This right here is more valuable than gold. This is a man who doesn’t pay a dime through the state…
This is my ex. This right here is more valuable than gold. This is a man who doesn’t pay a dime through the state because when my son needs new clothes, I just call him. This is a man who buys a bundle of kids’ movies on Vudu so even I can enjoy them with my son in my own home. A man who drops off the $45 box of pull-ups at my front door so I don’t have to load him up and go to the store. One who takes his son in 10 min notice far often than he should because I have too much to get done or just need a nap. This is a man who listens to me cry because I’m stressed out. This is a man who tells his son not to forget mommy’s boyfriend when he lists his favorite people off the top of his head…A man who rushes over because we got locked out of the house or spends his evening fixing something for us. This is a man who labeled the presents he bought his son from “mommy” because mommy couldn’t get him as many. A man who still watches my sister’s kids so our son can be with his cousins. One who accompanies me to meet strangers from Craigslist to ensure we are safe. This is the diaper-bag-wearing, chocolate-milk-making, selfless, protective, generous, accomplished FATHER to my son.
The amount of obstacles we’ve had to overcome to get to this point are tremendous. This was not easy, this was a choice. Stop giving excuses and come together for your children. I’m the most stubborn person that I know and forgiveness came easy to us for the sake of our son. And because of that, I see my son every single day. We always welcome each other’s presence.
In case I haven’t told you lately, I’m grateful for you. Most importantly for the motivated individual you are and how you provide Pierson with a phenomenal role model despite the foundation you once had. I love the amount of love my son will always have from you.
I know parents being split up isn’t ideal, but I LOVE seeing parents come together and make the absolute BEST of it for their child by showing love and respect toward each other for the benefit of their child. GREAT JOB, you two! Keep it up, and may your story inspire thousands of parents in your situation!