I’m often outspoken in my support for alternative families. I have to share a wonderful message that I received this morning.
Following an amicable separation and almost a year of agonising / soul searching, Mommy decided to take a leap of faith and move in with her female partner. Unusually and admirably her husband has been supportive, selfless and totally focused on working with her to make the change work for their 4 yr old son. It’s been a long journey and they have been super conscious about how the son’s friends and their parents will react. Playground gossip etc. Children aside, adults can be cruel and judgemental when faced with new situations and alternative families albeit sometimes unintentionally. Their children pick up on the negativity and uncertainly.
However, yesterday imagine the delight when the son’s friend said “I wish I had two mommies!”! I know that it sounds so simple and insignificant but to three lovely people, two of whom contemplated denying their identity, it’s such a big deal. Their son is a delightful boy.
Mommy 1, Mommy 2 and Dad, I get it. Thanks for sharing. Time to take me off speed dial and start believing in yourselves as great parents. Dad, you are an inspiration and should share your story on a blog (OnlyDads). I’m so pleased that in the past year particularly, I’ve seen more fathers passionately pursue their parental rights. The current reports in the press do not assist and are slightly rabble rousing. You continue to share parental rights and should purse them as best as you can.
Harjit SarangContact General Same Sex Parenting Unmarried couples