TAMPA, Fla. — Megan Stortz and Mike Paskas ended up married in 2009. They had a son, but the marriage did not very last. Immediately after 4 years, they divorced and they every remarried a person new, but they continue to experienced troubles.
“Just after our divorce, we observed it quite difficult to co-mother or father for the reason that we experienced a ton of concerns we hadn’t labored by,” biological mother Megan Stortz mentioned. “We weren’t communicating in a wholesome way and when I commenced to see it choose a toll on our son, I was not like, I have to have to obtain one thing else to do that functions.”
So, Stortz arrived at out to her personal step-mother for suggestions. She advised that she deliver Tiffany Paskas, the phase-mother of her son, a reward.
“I was worried since we equally grew up in divorced family members and you never do that, my mother and my move-mother did not get along at all,” Stortz mentioned. “But, I sent her a Mother’s Day card and a bottle of champagne, and in the card, I wrote a little something like, ‘thank you for getting these types of a constructive impact on my son’s daily life.'”
It was a reward that Paskas mentioned she was stunned to get.
“With the reward that she sent me, I basically try to remember heading to operate and telling my co-staff that she experienced provided me a bottle of champagne and they had been like, never consume it, but I currently did,” Paskas explained.
What neither of them knew was how that gesture would open a door of conversation to not only greater treatment for their small children, but that it would blossom into a friendship.
“She’s the ideal mate I’ve normally wanted,” Stortz stated.
The two never only appreciate and want the very best for the very same kids, but they realized they experienced a good deal in prevalent.
“It also does not aid that we match and do our make-up so alike so folks are like holy cow you fellas are a large amount equivalent than we believed,” Paskas stated.
Now, Stortz and Paskas, their husbands, the kid they share, as well as Stortz’s youngest son, began undertaking factors alongside one another as a family of 6.
They have gained a lot of fascination just after documenting their co-parenting journey on social media, known as ‘Mothers of Tampa.’ Their hope is to crack down the stigma about move-mother and father and co-parenting.
“We try pretty difficult to put the children very first, and then we are the grown ups who have to make the adjustments and go by means of the uncomfortable phases simply because as children of divorce, we know what which is like and we do not want them to go by that both,” Paskas claimed.