It’s a heartwarming scene: my dad, mowing my mom’s lawn. What makes it even more remarkable is that they’ve been divorced for 28 years. You see, my mom has bad knees, and my stepdad works out of town. So when my younger siblings asked me, “Why is your dad mowing mom’s lawn?” I didn’t hesitate to answer.
“Because,” I explained, “she needed help, and he knew she couldn’t do it herself. That’s what co-parenting is all about.”
I can’t express how fortunate I am to have four parents who respect each other and understand that, at the end of the day, what matters most is teaching your children – even the ones who are 32 years old – how to treat people and love your family, no matter how it came together.
My dad, humbled by the number of people who have seen this act of kindness, wants everyone to know that he’s no saint. He simply strives to inspire others to choose kindness whenever they can, regardless of their own imperfections. As he says, “You don’t need to act like an angelic pastor on Lent, but we should all choose kindness whenever we can.”
This simple act of mowing a lawn speaks volumes about the power of love and respect, even after a divorce. It reminds us that co-parenting is not just about sharing custody or finances, but about coming together as a family, supporting each other, and showing our children what it means to truly care.
So here’s to my dad, my mom, and all the co-parents out there who choose kindness and love over bitterness and resentment. Your children are watching, and they will forever be grateful for the lessons you teach them about compassion, forgiveness, and the enduring bonds of family.