When two people decide to get married, the last thing on their mind is ending their relationship. But, sometimes in life, getting divorced is a better option than staying together for some couples. While divorce is not easy, and definitely even harder when there are children involved, sometimes we can’t help but harbor hate and disgust for our ex-husband/ex-wife. We look back on the marriage and pinpoint everything that has gone wrong to lead to the divorce, and often times, blame our significant other. That’s why many children of divorced homes grow up in chaotic, toxic, and sometimes unstable environments that set a poor example for their future relationships. But, one dad is trying to change the way that divorced children are raised by ensuring his own children see the better side of love, even if their parents are no longer together.
Billy Flynn was married, but after having two sons, he and his wife got divorced. He recently shared on Facebook what he decided to do on his wife’s birthday. While many ex-husbands would just live the day as though it never truly mattered, Flynn decided to do something different. He shared his story on Facebook, which got picked up by a viral page called “Love What Matters,” and honestly, it’s incredibly touching.
It’s my ex-wife’s birthday today so I got up early and brought flowers and cards and a gift over for the kids to give her and helped them make her breakfast. Per usual someone asked me why the hell I still do things for her all the time. This annoys me. So ima break it down for you all.
I’m raising two little men. The example I set for how I treat their mom is going to significantly shape how they see and treat women and affect their perception of relationships. I think even more so in my case because we are divorced. So if you aren’t modeling good relationship behavior for your kids, get your shit together. Rise above it and be an example. This is bigger than you.
Raise good men. Raise strong women. Please. The world needs them, now more than ever.
"It's my ex-wife's birthday today so I got up early and brought flowers and cards and a gift over for the kids to give...Posted by Love What Matters on Sunday, February 12, 2017
The post has been shared over 218,000 times and over 24,000 people left comments on this post, sharing how moved they are at Flynn’s decision to raise his sons in a healthy, meaningful environment. They also shared some of their own stories.