Teen Mom Maci Bookout is one of the most responsible teen moms on MTV's infamous show. She has always been out for her son Bentley as her number on priority and her latest comments on baby daddy Ryan's girlfriend Dalis are no exception. Maci hopes they will stay together for her son's sake.
One of the most important things divorced parents or parents who are sharing custody of a child can do is get along. Sorry, but them's the breaks. There is really no other way around it. How you treat the mother (or father) of your child informs everything about what their relationship will become and it is part of being a decent parent. In other words: Say bad things about your baby mama on Facebook and you are being a bad dad. Oh yes. You are.
When Maci says of Ryan and Dalis: “I’m rooting for her. I hope Ryan doesn’t screw this up!” what she is really saying is that she loves her son more than she loves getting even or making Ryan pay for their bad blood.
Maci is smart to do this and any parent who is co-parenting with someone else would be smart to follow suit. Like it or not, a stepparent or serious girlfriend may be in your life forever. It is best to play nice.
Maci is being very smart here (no big shock, of course). Dalis may not be the person SHE would pick for Bentley, but she does not get that option. Other parents would do well to remember that. I can't count the number of times I have seen friends who are divorced with kids bad mouth their exes with no compunction. It's bad for everyone. Don't believe me? Just ask a child.
No 5-year-old wants to hear how crazy mommy is from daddy. No 4-year-old needs to hear how her dad does not pay enough child support. Those are conversations best left out of a child's ear shot. And like it or not, if you say it publicly (on Facebook, etc) you might as well say it to your kid. Most kids pick up on this stuff.
Model Maci and be grown ups. It is never the child's fault that his or her parents could not work it out. Smart parents understand that and do their best to provide a decently good working relationship with their co-parent.
Do you know divorced couples who behave like children?
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