A stepmother’s photo has gone viral for its depiction of a loving, blended family.
Last April, Emilee Player posted a photo on Facebook of her four-year-old stepdaughter, Maelyn Player, surrounded by her mom, dad, stepmom and stepdad at her soccer game.
The parents proudly wore Maelyn’s jersey number on personalized blue shirts, with their relation to the young girl marked on top.
“Because of us, I will never believe co-parenting can’t work,” Emilee wrote in a Facebook post that has since been shared more than 87,000 times. “I know through experience it can work!”
Maelyn’s mother, Clara Cazeau, and father, Ricky Player, split in 2013 and have since remarried, but that hasn’t stopped them from being amazing co-parents.
While social media users thought it was sweet how the family, who hail from Columbus, Georgia, was showing their support, Emilee said it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, as both set of parents make an effort to attend all of her soccer games together.
“Alex, the stepdad, is in the Army and stationed in Fort Bragg, but every time he is home all four of us attend,” Emilee told The Huffington Post. “On a regular day it is the three of us, and we make it a point to sit together and cheer her on as a family.”
But this isn’t the only time both sets of parents are around each other.