When Missouri mom Brittney Johnson learned that her 4-year-old daughter had formed a tight bond with her father’s new girlfriend, she didn’t get jealous or insecure. Instead, she celebrated the new addition to her blended family with a thank-you note to the “bonus mom.”
In a now viral Facebook post, Johnson applauds her ex-boyfriend’s new partner, Kayla Imhoff, for all she does for their 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? 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,” Johnson began.
“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 by role models who are exactly that,” Johnson wrote.
Imhoff, who is dating Johnson’s ex, who is Payton’s dad, recently enrolled in nursing school, and Payton has been “infatuated” with her (and her scrubs) ever since. Johnson said Imhoff even ordered Payton mini scrubs, just like her own.
“Thank you, Kayla, for showing Payton how to chase her dreams,” the post goes on. “You’re a true role model and an amazing bonus mom and we are so proud of you!”
Johnson’s words struck a chord with thousands. As of Wednesday, the post has been liked more than 88,000 times and shared over 45,000 times.
“The person you are co-parenting with is not your competition but your teammate,” Johnson said in a follow-up interview with Scary Mommy. “If you take the time to get to know them and to get to trust them, it is so much better for everyone all the way around.”
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