Co-parenting can be a difficult dynamic to achieve, for all those involved. But when it works, it works beautifully.
Emilee Plaayer is stepmum to four-year-old Maelyn. Ricky Player is Maelyn’s dad, while Clara Cazeau is Maelyn’s mum, and Alex Cazeau is her stepdad.
When they're all out and about supporting Maelyn at her soccer games, they all wear T-shirts saying just that.
Plaayer posted on Facebook:
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
Her mother, Cazeau, told WTVM she and Maelyn’s dad split up in 2013 when she was eight months old.
Plaayer told The Huffington Post:
Alex, the stepdad, is in the Army and stationed in Fort Bragg, but every time he is home all four of us attend. On a regular day it is the three of us, and we make it a point to sit together and cheer her on as a family.
We do all birthdays together for Maelyn. We also go to each other’s birthday dinners with their own families, we do holidays together, we go to one another’s houses, we are literally always doing things together.
Her advice for others in similar situations?
Always respect the people involved because how you treat the other parents is a reflection of who you are