Last week Brittney Johnson, a US mum, shared a Facebook post about the influence of her ex’s new partner, Kayla Imhoff, on her daughter’s life.
The post went viral, attracting over 85,000 likes and over 40,000 shares as Johnson described Kayla as a “gift”.
It’s not an uncommon occurrence by any account to have a blended family. Co-parenting and step-parents are institutions that form part of our every-day dialogues as families respond to changes. Johnson questioned the mothers out there who "throw a fit when another woman [as the new partner of the father] treats your child as her own" stating that it should instead be exactly what a mum would want.
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Knowing that her daughter Payton would be raised in two homes, Johnson says that she "prayed for the type of woman my daughter’s father would be with" understanding that her ex’s new partner would have a significant part in Payton’s life.
Johnson said she was determined to raise a "strong, smart and sweet girl" and she wanted Payton to be surrounded with role models who 'are exactly that'.
Kayla Imhoff, the new partner of Payton’s dad, has fulfilled this criteria in Johnson’s eyes. Imhoff is currently studying to become a nurse and Payton is so ‘infatuated’ that Imhoff ordered her a pair of child-sized scrubs to match her own set.