Political affiliations aside, we can all learn a little something from Kamala Harris’ approach to co-parenting. I’ve been a single mom since my daughter was about 7 months old, and it can sometimes feel daunting or defeating to think about dating again.
Kamala Harris’ experience in becoming a stepmom is another example to me that things often go really well for blended families.
When Kamala married her husband, she was also marrying into a family of two teenage kids. They quickly hit it off and lovingly call her Momala. Of course, my daughter’s relationship with her father is the most important relationship, but as I begin to dabble in the dating world, slowly, a few of my fears are being dispelled: there may be a guy out there who will love my daughter as much as I do, there may be a guy out there that my daughter appreciates and looks up to, and maybe at some point, my future fella will be talking about how awesome of a father my former partner is. In an interview with Elle, Kamala talks about her love and appreciation for her stepchildren (AND the childrens’ mother) and the role they’ve all played in each other’s lives. She is quoted in a conversation with CNN’s Dana Bash saying “The thing about blended families-- if everyone approaches it in the way that there’s plenty of love to share, then it works.” And that’s really what’s been sticking with me.
More people connected to my daughter means more love for her, which is ultimately the goal of the life I'm trying to provide for her.
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