When your ex gets a new partner, things can become somewhat awkward 0 – it's tricky to know where you all stand with each other – and this only gets more complicated when there’s a child involved.
But Brittney Johnson doesn’t find it awkward – in fact, quite the opposite. She’s good friends with her ex-partner’s new girlfriend, Kayla Imhoff.
Johnson and her ex, Charlie, daughter together named Payton.
Writing in a Facebook post about her positive stance towards Imhoff and Charlie's relationship, Johnson wrote:
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.
She goes on to say that Imhoff “has been a gift of so much more than I could have hoped for”. She calls her a “true role model and amazing bonus mom”.
Johnson uploaded a photo with her post, of Payton and Imhoff explaining:
Kayla has been a gift of so much more than I could have hoped for. She started nursing school and Payton has been infatuated ever since. So Kayla ordered a pair of mini scrubs for her to match.
Her post has been shared more than 46,000 times.
Johnson told Babble what things were like at first:
My first impression of Kayla was that she was sweet, and brave for deciding to meet Charlie’s daughter. Being in a relationship with someone who has a child can be daunting; knowing that things can get complicated. I think it takes a special person to decide to stick around anyway.
My child is my world, and when I realized that Kayla’s interest was to treat Payton as her own, it was actually a huge relief for me.
She says she and Imhoff have become good friends.
We have become close friends. We consult each other on everything and we make decisions together. We talk about her school, plans for the holidays, and discipline. We both take off work on Payton’s birthday and have a girls’ day with her, and we also each give the other person space to have a close bond with her.