For some divorced couples, the term "successful co-parenting" may seem like an oxymoron, A.K.A. impossible. But photographer Joe Hawkey recently showed that in fact, it can happen. His photos of a recent trip to Disney World with his 7-year-old daughter Maddie's mom, Tiffany Bankert, his wife Brianna, and Bankert's husband, Luke, is going viral and inspiring other families.
In the photos, the fivesome can be seen walking side-by-side on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. All four co-parents are wearing tee-shirts with "#co-parenting" written on the back. Maddie's shirt adorably reads, "#bestdayever."
Another photo shows both Maddie's mom and her stepmom enjoying the day with her.
Hawkey told Pop Sugar that they had to work to get to this magical moment. He said eventually they got here because "all of us [were] able to understand the love we have for the same child. We all want her to succeed in life. She is our number one priority."
He also told Parents.com about their advice to struggling co-parents: Don't give up! "Keep trying," Hawkey says. "The joy your child has when all of their parents are together and getting along is priceless."
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And the photos from Disney, especially the smile on little Maddie's face, are the proof that all the hard work and compromise is worth it.