If you think co-parenting after a split rarely happens, log on to Facebook and checkout this heartwarming picture of Maelyn and her four parents, which endorses mutual happiness rather than resentments in a family.
When 4-year-old Maelyn Player (from Columbus, Georgia) decided to opt for a soccer game, little did she know that her sporting day would turn into an inspirational message to the world! The little one’s post (originally uploaded by her stepmother — Emilee Player), sharing a frame with four of her biggest supporters: her mum, her dad, her step mom and her step dad won millions of hearts.
All four of them flaunted customised soccer jerseys that proudly paid respect to Maelyn’s sporting spirit, it has been shared more than 82,000 times and racked up more than 32,000 reactions in less than a week.
“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,” wrote Emilee on Facebook.
The four fans of Maelyn, Emilee (stepmother), Ricky Player (dad), Clara Cazeau (mum) and Alex Cazeau (step dad) made us believe that co-parenting is nothing but for the sake of your kid’s well-being.
“Alex, the step dad, is in the Army and stationed in Fort Bragg, but every time he is home all four of us attend,” Emilee told The Huffington Post. She added, “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.”
“We do all birthdays together for Maelyn,” Clara echoed. “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.”
“It is important that Maelyn grows up knowing that her mommy and daddy were able to put their differences aside for the sake of her,” Clara said to BuzzFeed.
“It was very shocking! We had no idea this picture would go viral!” Cazeau wrote to Your Daily Dish. “We take family pictures like this all the time. My mum used to get them made for my brother when he played baseball. So I thought it would be a good idea to do the same with Maelyn. After all, it’s her first sport EVER!”
So what are the tips to make co-parenting work? Clara told Huffington Post, “Let go of any past feelings you may have and make it work for the sake of the child. Stay strong. It is work every single day to keep this going.”
While Emilee believes in co-parenting because she admits that it is setting the best example for the child. “Always respect the people involved because how you treat the other parents is a reflection of who you are,” she said.
We cannot not admire the effort of these four parents.
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Feature Image Credit: Facebook/Emilee Player
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