A mom is being praised by parents on social media after she penned a heartfelt Facebook post about her ex’s new girlfriend.
When Brittney Johnson and her daughter Payton’s father split up, she refused to hate the new woman in his life.
While many mothers would try their best to keep their children away from a new stepmother, Johnson decided to embrace her ex’s new girlfriend as a member of the family.
“To all of the mothers out there who throw a fit when another woman treats your child as her own: why isn't that exactly what you want?” Johnson wrote. “I prayed one night for the type of woman my daughter's father would be with, knowing that she would be raised in two homes.”
From the beginning, Johnson decided that she didn’t want to view Payton’s stepmother as the enemy.
“Kayla has been a gift of so much more than I could have hoped for. She started nursing school and Payton has been infatuated ever since. So Kayla ordered a pair of mini scrubs for her to match,” she wrote. “Let me tell you, I'm raising a strong girl, a smart girl and a sweet girl. And I want nothing more than for her to be surrounded with role models who are exactly that. Thank you Kayla for showing Payton how to chase her dreams, how to work hard and stay up late to study for a test. Thank you for still making time to ride her bike with her and make her mac and cheese even in one of the stressful times of your life. You're a true role model and an amazing bonus mom and we are so proud of you!”
“If you're co-parenting, and seeing your child doing things like this doesn't bring a smile to your face, reconsider what's truly best for your child. Payton has more people to love her this way, and what more could a mother ever want for her child? Being best friends with me AND being best friends with Kayla, is exactly where P deserves to be,” she added. “It takes a village, and I happen to love mine.”
Since writing her post last week, Johnson’s post has been shared more than 41,000 times on Facebook, with many moms and dads praising her maturity and positive attitude.
“Thanks for posting this for some of us this is reality and others have to much hate and animosity to realize this is a great thing,” one woman commented.