Co-parenting certainly has its challenges, but “biological dad” David and “bonus dad” Dylan are making it look natural in a photoshoot and heartwarming Facebook post that recently went viral.
“Our daughter Willow. You may never know how your love has changed us all,” wrote Dylan. “The guy to the left is [me] (Daddy, Daddy Dylan or Bonus Dad), in the middle is, of course, our Princess Willow and the guy to the right is David (Daddy, Daddy David or biological Dad).”
“No, we are not a same-sex couple, but we do share a daughter,” he continued. “David is Sarah’s ex-husband and I am the fiancé. We have molded ourselves into one unique family, if only for the sake of our children to know the power of love.”
Dylan is grateful that he not only gained a beautiful daughter but also a “best friend” in David.
He explains that when the children are treated as the priority by both parties, a common ground is found and differences fall by the wayside.
“When we care more about our children (on both sides of the party) than the way society has taught us to be towards (ex’s/baby mommas/daddy’s) then walls will fall, life will be free of hatred and remorse, and our children will conquer the foolish ‘norms’ that media has shoved in our faces,” says Dylan.
When David comes over to visit, he is even invited to stay the night because “family is always welcome.”
“He is not an outsider, he is and will always be a part of my life for the simple fact that we share the same daughter!” writes the proud bonus dad.
He credits his soon-to-be-wife and her big heart for making such a great relationship between them possible:
“Of course, not a single moment would be like this without Sarah (mommy) and her kind and generous heart!”
According to Sarah, open communication is the key to successful co-parenting, but she admits that it hasn’t always been easy.
“It wasn’t easy at first; we had to work at it. I had to personally put my feelings aside and make Willow a priority with everything,” she told PopSugar. “As adults, it’s our responsibility to be the parent and put our kids first — and not let our feelings affect our children.”
Though their family dynamic is certainly unique, she says they couldn’t be happier with how it’s played out.
And most importantly it’s made little Willow Grace one of the luckiest daughters on the planet to have three parents who love her so completely.
“Willow Grace, you are loved by so many people in this world and your Daddies love you!” Dylan wrote, adding a shoutout that his best friend is still on the market: “FYI David is single.”
“This Is NOT a photo shoot; Sarah is a photographer though. This was taken before a daddy-daughter dance. David took her this year. This was an impromptu photo opp. This is real and this is us.”