Ending a relationship is hard. It’s even harder when you have a child together. Relationships often don’t end well, and sometimes the hard feelings and acrimony can make it difficult to remember that the child should be the priority.
Which is why it’s always nice to see former couples who manage to co-parent effectively, without allowing any leftover resentments to affect their relationship with their children.
Jessica Singleton is in one such relationship, and she recently took to Facebook to praise her ex, Jon, and the way he handles his share of the parenting duties, despite the fact that they are no longer together.
Together, Jessica and Jon are parents to Pierson, an adorable little blond boy that they both clearly love. To their credit, they haven’t let the dissolution of their relationship affect their parenting, other than the fact that they no longer live together.
Jessica’s Facebook post, which has accumulated nearly 350k likes, 185k shares, and 29k comments detail the ways in which Jon is there for their son, and for her.
“This is my ex. This right here is more valuable than gold,” Jessica writes. “This is a man who doesn’t pay a dime through the state because when my son needs new clothes, I just call him.”
She lists the things he does for their son, and the ways he’s there for her, as his son’s mother.
“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.”
She goes on to say that getting to this point in their relationship wasn’t easy, but that it’s necessary to be good co-parents to Pierson.
“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.”
Children often get caught in the crossfire once their parent’s relationship has gone sour. It’s nice to see a couple of parents put aside their differences and unite in a common goal: raising their son with love and respect.