Divorced Parents Meet Once a Year to Take Family Portrait For Their Son [VIDEO]
Coping with the fallout of a divorce can be one of the hardest things children have to face during childhood. Their whole world is turned upside down, and they often blame themselves. But one divorced couple didn’t want their separation to make their child feel as if he no longer had an intact family.
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Bruce Dyson was only two years old when his parents, Adam Dyson and Victoria Baldwin, separated. As is common in most divorces, there was a lot of tension, and it wasn’t always amicable. Adam and Victoria noticed their issues were beginning to affect little Bruce, and that’s when they made a promise to each other.
“We had a heated discussion in front of our son, who sat crying at my feet,” she told CBS News. “And I realized the next day I was more focused on hurting his dad than I was on comforting Bruce crying. I knew that wasn’t the example I wanted to set.”
The two decided that every year, no matter their differences, they would take a family portrait together for the sake of their son. Victoria explained that this isn’t about them; it’s about their son.
“We are not in love, we don’t always agree, we’re not best friends, sometimes we don’t even like one another,” Baldwin wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral. “But you know what we are? We are forever connected because of our beautiful, smart, kind, compassionate, funny son.”
Even after the two found new partners in life, they vowed not to end the annual tradition. Adam and Victoria putting aside their differences for at least one day a year helped Bruce cope with a difficult transition.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Victoria said: “Bruce is so much happier now that Adam and I get along better than we did when we first separated. It has been nearly three years, so we have practiced a lot!”
Adam and Victoria are committed to their son, and they’re setting the example for other separated parents.