It is not often that observers see people standing by their former partners when they are in a new relationship, but when children are involved, things tend to change fast.
A woman from Corunna, Ontario, Madison Holley, has recently decided to motivate people to be more accepting of the idea of co-parenting, by sharing a picture of her former boyfriend alongside her current fiancé, both taking care of the woman’s children.
The photo was taken not long after Holley had given birth to a new child, and she explained that she was pleased to be in a situation like that.
The woman explained that one of the men in the picture was her ex, next to him was her 3-year-old child, Cade, that she had together with him, and then there was her current fiancé also holding the boy’s hand, and carrying the newborn in his other.
The photo was posted on social media and quickly went viral, and the caption read: “The guy on the left is my ex, the 3-year-old holding his hand is my first child, Cade, we had together. The guy on the right holding my sons’ right hand is my fiancé, and the newborn baby boy is our child.”
The story was first told via the popular blog, Love What Matters. Responses to the photo have been mostly positive, with many commending the woman for her bravery and general attitude in the situation.
One person replied: “What an awesome picture. I got divorced, and my ex-husband didn’t have the grace or compassion to be the man that your ex is in this picture. Love and Blessings to all three of you for being such conscious parents. ❤️🙏🏾”
A second response read: “This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. There are good men in this world. Your little boys are so lucky to have such amazing role models. ❤️❤️”
Others have been slightly more skeptical, with some implying that there is more behind the scenes that commenters are not privy to.
It does not seem like this is the case, though, and if anything, there is a lot of positivity emanating from this picture and the new mom’s comments about it.
A third person explained: “I love this story, but in order to co-parent, BOTH parents must want to be part of the child’s life. Unfortunately, if one decides to be MIA, there’s no way the present parent makes them get involved.”
Followers are hopeful, her relationship with both men is not going to deteriorate anytime soon because they seem to be doing a good job taking care of the young ones.
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“This photo was taken 24 hours after I gave birth to my second baby boy, Waylon. The guy on the left is my ex, the 3-year-old holding his hand is my first child, Cade, we had together. The guy on the right holding my sons’ Right hand is my fiancé, and the newborn baby Boy is our child. Just because a relationship doesn’t work out between two people DOES NOT mean the relationship with the child shouldn’t. I would never take that away. Every child needs a mother and father figure and my son Cade just happens to get some extra love. Be civil and co-parent. If you made the child together it’s both your job to raise the child.” #LoveWhatMatters Credit: Madison Holley