Before I met my husband, I'd never dated someone who was divorced. Once I knew we were serious, and I faced the prospect of meeting my partner's ex, I was super nervous. Would it be awkward? Would she hate me? It never really crossed my mind that we could be friends.
But then I met her and discovered she was smart, pleasant, and a great mom. While we didn't become best buddies, our interactions have always been friendly -- something I feel confident that my stepsons have noticed and appreciated.
There are, of course, plenty of times when being friends with someone who has seen your man naked is just not in the cards. But I talked to 12 women on the surprising, and sometimes funny, reasons that they make being friends with his ex work. (Grab your tissues for #9!)