We had the opportunity to spend some time with a parent who was spending her first Christmas apart from her children, because the children were spending the holiday with their father. My husband and I were both listening to this woman stress the importance of her children’s relationship with their other parent — and were in awe at her strength and unselfish behavior.
Is she unhappy that her marriage ended? Yes. Does she harbor some animosity toward her ex-husband? Yes. Does she allow that unhappiness and animosity to affect her children’s relationship with their other parent? No.
That is the true sign of a good parent who loves her children. Anyway can talk about being a good parent, but when it comes right down to it — and you have to decide to put your own feelings of jealousy, hatred and anger aside, how many can really do that?
It was such a refreshing change to spend some time with this wonderful mother. She is truly a good parent, in every sense of the word.