Activist and author Glennon Doyle is receiving praise from her thousands of social media followers after opening up about the difficulty of life after divorce, years after her marriage with her husband ended.
The woman who became known for her honesty about addiction, an eating disorder and her separation from Craig Melton — before re-marrying to retired soccer star Abby Wambach — is no stranger to sharing her unfiltered thoughts about the difficulties she faces on a day-to-day basis. However, her latest tweet, about co-parenting the three children she shares with Melton, has proven to be one of her most relatable.
Kids just left and I was just thinking that divorce sure feels really hard and sad sometimes. Things can feel hard and sad and still be exactly right. Just all at the very same time. That’s all. That’s the tweet. Love, G— Glennon Doyle (@GlennonDoyle) July 16, 2019
“Kids just left and I was just thinking that divorce sure feels really hard and sad sometimes,” Doyle wrote. “Things can feel hard and sad and still be exactly right.”
Doyle’s 2016 book, Love Warrior, unpacks the harsh truth about the way that her nearly 12-year marriage ended after her husband admitted to infidelity, which led her to the love of her life, Wambach. Still, her tweet assures her readers and followers that even the decisions that are “right” can be difficult.
Now, hundreds of people are taking part in the conversation and thanking Doyle for shedding light on the struggle that so many divorced parents face.
I wish more people talked about how difficult divorce is on the kids. I actually still have dreams filled with confusion and anxiety because I live in two places and can’t figure out how to function.— Austin Channing Brown (@austinchanning) July 17, 2019
As a divorced mom, I thank you for saying this; you give us permission to feel the sad and the happy and remind us complicated doesn’t mean bad. 💜— Julia V (@jevtodd) July 17, 2019
So much yes! It continuously surprises me when the moment comes. I love my son’s dad and his significant partner, bonus mom is amazing! I love that my son has so many parent people who love him. And the sadness is “grabs you by the throat” real.— MegKMN (@KmnMeg) July 16, 2019
I told my kids (and myself) that what’s good and right is almost never easy. But always good. and. right.— Lynn Anne Rice (@lynnannerice) July 16, 2019
My ex-wife & I have an arrangement where I get our two boys for a month in the summer, she gets them for a month. Her month started July 1st and after dropping them off, I came home and bawled for 20 minutes in their rooms. But they are strong and loved. And it's right. But hard.— Matt McLeañ (@mattplanet) July 16, 2019
Yes. I used to sit on the front steps and sob when she left to be with her dad. But I also found a freedom and sense of self I would have never found in my marriage. Life is brutiful, as you well know. Love and peace to you and all the others who ache and soar at the same time.— Katie Elmore (@KatieElmore) July 17, 2019
Some even praised Doyle for providing such a good example of co-parenting alongside Melton and Wambach — who is endearingly referred to as the children’s “bonus mom.”
You are such an incredible example of how to coparent. I hope you know that. Nothing nicer than seeing pix of you, Abby, and Craig at kid’s soccer game. They’ll thrive because of it. We can do hard things. 😘— Aubrey Cole (@AubreyCole2014) July 16, 2019
Hugs, Glennon. You and Craig did the right thing. Your kids are better off seeing you both happy than they ever would have been with married, miserable parents. I speak from experience.— OverThinker (@JemmbeeJen) July 16, 2019
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