These days, it’s more common than ever for kids to have two different families. With divorce rates at an all-time-high, kids are often stuck in a sort-of “love triangle.”
Half of the week is spent with mommy, and half is spent with daddy. You have two houses, two bedrooms and two different places you call home.
As if that isn’t enough for a kid to balance, it’s not uncommon for mommy and daddy to find new partners, creating a whole new dynamic—literally having TWO families.
But a viral photo has taken the Internet by storm, setting a praise-worthy example of “co-parenting done right.”
The photo, posted by Emilee Plaayer, shows four adults sandwiching a little girl in a soccer uniform. Her name is Maelyn.
Maelyn’s parents, Clara Cazeau and Ricky Plaayer, are directly next to her wearing jerseys that read “mommy” and “daddy.” To Clara’s right is her husband, Alex, and to Ricky’s left is his wife, Emilee.
Though the couples make up two families, Maelyn is the reason that they work everyday to become just ONE family.
With the photo, Emilee wrote:
“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.”
Their combined family is not traditional, but common. Together, the two couples work hard to make their shared daughter’s life as balanced as possible, and each of them shares their own special bond with this sweet little girl.