Nowadays, we hear many heartbreaking tales of how parental divorce causes families to become bitter and angry, tearing them apart. Nevertheless, whether or not they decide to stay together, adults still owe their kids a duty.

The best approach to educating your kids on practically anything is setting a great example.

Codie LaChelle McPhate, 32, was only four when her parents got divorced; both of her parents now have new relationships.

However, when Codie’s biological father visited her in Austin, Texas, he did something that made her reach for her camera phone immediately.

The need to continue to set positive examples for their children despite the difficulty of being a divorced couple is becoming more and more apparent to parents as the divorce rate rises.


Most experts concur that co-parenting, even between separated or divorced partners, is very advantageous for kids. It enables kids to experience love and realize the importance of their feelings.

According to the Huffington Post, this encourages children to behave positively and positively impacts their confidence and self-esteem.

The father of Codie seemed to concur. After deciding to separate, Codie’s parents consciously decided to work things out amicably for the benefit of their kids.

Codie was visiting her mother when she noticed something amazing outside the front window: her father was cutting the grass on her mother’s front lawn.

She took several photos, which she later shared on her Facebook page, where they quickly gained popularity.

Here’s what she wrote:

This is my dad mowing my mom’s lawn. They’ve been divorced for 28 years.

My stepdad travels for work, and my mom has poor knees. I responded to my younger siblings’ inquiries about why my father was cutting my mother’s lawn, “Because she needed help, and he knew she couldn’t get out here to do it, so he did.”

That is co-parenting. I am fortunate to have four parents who respect one another and understand that the only thing that matters is teaching your children (even if they are 32) how to treat people and love your family, no matter how it was put together.

I’m on vacation in Texas with my dad. Not even here, where my mother resides, does he reside. He not only did something kind and selfless for her, but he also did it while he was on vacation. ‘I’m no saint,’ he wants everyone to know. He only wants to demonstrate to others that we should all choose compassion whenever possible rather than acting like an angelic priest during Lent.

My father said that he wasn’t doing this to gain attention. He claimed that my mother and he decided to act like adults during their divorce and treat each other with respect and compassion because, regardless of how their marriage ended, they deeply loved each other at one point, and that love counts for something. That they needed to be good, kind people first if they wanted to teach their kids to be good, kind people.

I am so fortunate to have such wonderful parents. Because we are a family, I am confident that my parents would sacrifice anything for one another. I’m extremely fortunate to have such wonderful parents.

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