This Mom Brilliantly Explained Why You Should Get Along With Your Ex's New Bae

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Plenty of exes manage to co-parent amicably. But getting along with one another's new partners can be a whole different challenge. And yet, it doesn't have to be. A 27-year-old mom from Columbia, Missouri, named Brittney Johnson wrote a now-viral post that perfectly sums up why she feels it's important to not just get along with your ex's new partner -- but to embrace that person treating your child as his or her own.

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Johnson shared a photo of her daughter, Payton, with her ex's new girlfriend, Kayla Imhoff, and explained how they've connected. "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?" Johnson wrote on Facebook on July 12. "Let me tell you, I'm raising a strong girl, a smart girl and a sweet girl. And I want nothing more than for her to be surrounded with role models who are exactly that."

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Johnson goes on to admit that she gave a lot of thought to who her ex might end up with. "I prayed one night for the type of woman my daughter's father would be with, knowing that [Payton] would be raised in two homes," she shared.

And Imhoff turned out to be "a gift of so much more" than Johnson 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."

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Brittney Johnson/Facebook

So cute! 

Babble reports that Johnson first took her daughter to meet Imhoff at a playground two years ago. Since then, the two women have considered themselves friends.

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She writes on Facebook just how grateful she is for everything Imhoff does for her little girl:

"Thank you Kayla for showing Payton how to chase her dreams, how to work hard and stay up late to study for a test. Thank you for still making time to ride her bike with her and make her mac and cheese even in one of the stressful times of your life. You're a true role model and an amazing bonus mom and we are so proud of you!"

Ultimately, Johnson sees their setup as something other exes should strongly consider. "Payton has more people to love her this way, and what more could a mother ever want for her child?" she asked. "Being best friends with me AND being best friends with Kayla, is exactly where P deserves to be."

Cheers to all of that!

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