A young mother’s Facebook post showering praise and thanks upon her former partner's new girlfriend, has sent social media into a state of adoration.
Aurdrey Loving, 24, shares her four-year-old daughter Riley with her ex, and believes that step parents are a blessing rather than something to be jealous of.
Preaching to "love more and hate less", Loving writes in her post, "A kid can have two mums because in my eyes the more people that love her I'm happy! I would never make her [my ex's new girlfriend] feel like an outsider, I'm extremely thankful for this girl.”
“I just think step parents should be thanked and recognised! They deserve a pat on the back as well,” Loving tells SBS.
“There's no need for jealousy because just because the kid loves the other person it doesn't mean they'll love you any less.”
Since it was published earlier this month, the Facebook post has gone viral garnering over 378,000 reactions and nearly 150,000 shares.
As a follow up to the post, Loving has conducted two Facebook lives to her new followers. She also hopes to launch a blog and YouTube channel “about everyday life problems and how to get through them”.
Loving is a single working mum currently studying to be a nurse. She became a mother at the age of 20. Her child’s father was living abroad at the time.
“[Riley's father] lived in another country when [Riley] was growing up at first. I just made it the best I can,” she says.
Loving, who is a bi-racial American woman, says raising her daughter with an idea of love and positivity is important, and includes teaching her “we are all human, not colour.”
“Riley is 75 per cent white and 25 per cent black. [Race] hasn't really affected us much at all. At least, I try and not let it ever,” she says.