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Divorce is a tough thing for anyone to go through, but when there are children involved, it can be that much more complicated. There are custody and financial agreements to work out, not to mention getting over the end of a marriage, and having the person you thought was ‘the one’ no longer in your life. While parental breakups are hard, and can make you feel like a failure, it helps to look at the one amazing thing that came from the marriage, the kids. Their well-being should be what it takes to let go of any past feelings.

Yeah, yeah, easier said than done, but when exes can separate their issues with one another for the sake of the kids, it’s amazing what can happen.

Four-year-old Maelyn Player is definitely one of the lucky ones. While her parents, Ricky Player and Clara Cazeau, are no longer together and have both remarried, they make a point of showing respect towards each other and staying involved in the other’s lives — for their daughter. So much so that Ricky, his wife Emilee, Clara and her husband Alex, spend a lot of time together. This week they proved just how much love they have, when they showed up at Maelyn’s soccer game.

Maelyn’s stepmom Emilee posted the greatest co-parenting pic ever, and you can’t NOT be affected by the sweet gesture.

Truer words were never spoken. While this beautiful example isn’t the norm, it’s this family’s normal — and, man, what a beautiful world it would be if this is how all divorced parents handled a split. Depending on circumstances it might be incredibly difficult, but when there are kids involved, kids who see and hear and sense more than we know, then it’s a sacrifice worth making. Because dealing with parents splitting up is bad enough; they don’t need that extra stress and drama on top of it.

It’s such a mature, wonderful way of handling a not-so-wonderful thing. The Player and Cazeau families are doing what needs to be done, setting a fantastic example for their daughter, who now has double the love. Bravo.

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