Ben Affleck's Words About Jennifer Garner Give the World Co-Parenting Goals

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When spouses split, often it can be pretty challenging for them to get along amicably, let alone say nice things about each other. But it seems like this celebrity couple could write a book on post-breakup mutual respect. While attending an event Monday night at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Ben Affleck paid his former wife Jennifer Garner the ultimate compliment.


Affleck referred to the mother of his three children as the "world's greatest mom." Pretty sweet, right? 

You have to admire that despite whatever differences the couple may have, when it comes to co-parenting, these two really have it down.

And Affleck's right. Didn't we just see the Alias actress running in heels to deliver her daughter's project to school? Mom of the year material, right there! It's awesome that her ex recognizes the amazing job she's doing and gives her the credit she's due.

Both Garner and Affleck have made it a point to travel to each other's movie sets to ensure that their kids, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, have a chance to spend as much time with both parents as possible. It certainly can't be easy to celebrate holidays and birthdays with an ex, but these two seem to make every effort to give the kids the best nontraditional family life they can.  

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Though the actor and actress, both 44, announced their split in June 2015, they both continue to share the same goal of putting their children first.

When speaking Monday night at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Affleck said the most defining moment of his life has been the births of his children, adding, "It's a joy to hang out with them. I think the meaning of life is to make good people."

It's great to read that even after all the fame and fortune the Good Will Hunting star has amassed over the years, his focus remains on his family. 

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It sounds the like pair value the kids' opinions when it comes to the roles they choose. Affleck shared how his son was instrumental in getting him to agree to play the ultimate caped crusader. 

"I was like, 'I don't know if I want to be Batman,' and he was like, 'Dad, you have to be Batman.' He's right. If you can be Batman, you have to be Batman," Affleck recalled Monday. "He still thinks I really am Batman. He thinks I'm in my Batcave right now. Eventually, he will understand, and it will be a steep therapist's bill, but I'll take it."

Garner, too, has chosen roles in films that are appropriate for her kids, including the adaptation of the beloved children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and, recently, Nine Lives

So, while they might not always be on the same page, we have to hand it to these single parents for showing each other the mutual respect that's so important for their kids to see. If only all exes could be so cordial, it would probably make life a lot easier for the children who are often caught in the middle. 

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