Divorce is never an easy thing. I haven't been down that road, but I did have parents that divorced when I was very young. Normally divorce is pretty ugly. It becomes a he said, she said. And sometimes the kids are caught in the middle of their parents fighting.
Sometimes kids even feel like they need to pick sides. It's just a bad situation.
One Canadian couple is making news for something outlandish they did on they day they filed for divorce.Chris and Shannon Neuman were married for 11-years, but things just weren't working anymore. But they made a really good situation out of what most often times is a bad one.
Shannon and Chris took a smiling selfie together that Shannon shared on Facebook the day they officially filed for divorce. Say what?!?!? I know it seems odd. But honestly, I love everything about their post and their incredible attitudes towards the future.
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That was the #DivorceSelfie that Shannon posted along with this caption:
"Here's Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce! But we're smiling?! Yep, we're kooky like that. Are we smiling because the partner we chose for forever turned out not to be the forever partner we needed? Of course not. We're smiling because we have done something extraordinary (we think anyway!) We have respectfully, thoughtfully and honourably ended our marriage in a way that will allow us to go forward as parenting partners for our children, the perfect reason that this always WAS meant to be, so they will never have to choose. They'll never have to wonder which side of the auditorium to run to after their Christmas concert or spring play, because we'll be sitting together. They won't have to struggle with their own wedding planning because we'll be sitting on the same side of the aisle - THEIR side. We have struggled, but we have succeeded in the plan we came up with together, to come out on the other side as their two parents who live in two houses who give them two teams to love them up two times as much. And now that you know it's possible - please consider our way if you find yourself on this road, or share our message if we can help remind them that it's possible to love your kids more than you hate/distrust/dislike your ex (which we have felt at times on the journey but for the record we do actually like each other). Nice work #teamneuman #divorceselfie"
Of course the Neuman's are getting some backlash from some internet trolls. I suppose people don't get why they are smiling or happy. They are making a good situation for their two children. They are letting their children know there are no ill feelings and that they will never have to choose a side. I applaud them! Shannon and Chris you are awesome! I wish more people could handle breakups and divorces like this.
And Chris commented on Shannon's initial post that included the #DivorceSeflie with this: "I couldn't have picked a better ex wife if I tried :)Thanks for all you have done, continue to do, and most of all the kind of mother you are. I know that B & F are and will continue to be proud of us."
Bravo to them!