There's nothing sweeter than a family who still sticks together even after a divorce. Case in point: this amazing family who snapped a photo that's so heartwarming, it's gone viral.
The image shows a little girl posing side-by-side with her family at one of her recent soccer games. Her parents are all dressed in jerseys with special names emblazoned on the back: stepmom, daddy, mommy, and stepdad. How precious! Showing all of these adults happily spending time together to support this young girl, this photo displays peaceful co-parenting at its finest.
The photo was posted by the little girl's stepmom, Emilee Plaayer, with the caption: "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."
In the photo, Plaayer poses next to her husband (the little girl's father), while the girl's mother and her new husband are on the other side of the little girl.
Despite the post's overwhelmingly positive tone, some people have been quick to criticize its "damaging effects." They say that having the little girl spend time with both sets of parents is likely to confuse her and that if the family wanted to spend time together, they should have simply stayed together.
Thankfully, most people have shown support for the post and Plaayer's family. The photo has been shared over 77,000 times on Facebook and now appears on Twitter as well.
"[This is] how all divorced parents should be," one person commented.
Others were so moved by the post that they took to sharing their own stories of living in divided households.
"I grew up with four parents who all loved me unconditionally," another user wrote. "My parents not being together was the best possible thing they could've done for me. When they finally decided to split, they sat us down as our parents and explained that sometimes, things don't work out...They constantly worked together to support us and make us happy. I have an amazing support system of four people's families that treat me like their own. Do not belittle what these parents are doing for their child."
We can't help but agree! This photo is quite touching--and peaceful parenting is always something to cheer.