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Being a single parent or a co-parent is not the easiest situation in the world. Whether a single father is left to raise the child on their own or navigate the relationship with their child’s mother, it can be very hard.

That’s what makes this story such an inspiring one. Billy Gadbois is the father to two little boys and he is doing his best to co-parent alongside his ex-wife.

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While the two of them are not together anymore, he does everything in his power to treat his ex-wife with the proper love and respect. In fact, their relationship is so solid, it makes people wonder why he goes above and beyond for her.

Billy has taken to Facebook to offer an explanation and we are loving every second of this.

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His explanation will tug your heartstrings:

“It’s my ex-wife’s birthday today so I got up early and brought flowers and cards and a gift over for the kids to give her and helped them make her breakfast. Per usual someone asked me why … I still do things for her all the time. This annoys me. So ima break it down for you all. I’m raising two little men. The example I set for how I treat their mom is going to significantly shape how they see and treat women and affect their perception of relationships. I think even more so in my case because we are divorced. So if you aren’t modeling good relationship behavior for your kids, get your [act] together. Rise above it and be an example. This is bigger than you. Raise good men. Raise strong women. Please. The world needs them, now more than ever.”

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This is great advice and we hope that all of the co-parents out there are listening closely. There is nothing to be gained by sitting around and bashing your former partner because things did not work out in the manner that you might have preferred.

Billy is setting a wonderful example for both of his sons. He’s teaching them that kindness is everything, even things do not go your way. It’s a crucial lesson for all children to learn. We are glad that he is not letting the nosy haters get to him. In a world full of broken families that allow themselves to become bitter, it is great to see these co-parents doing all they can to provide their children with a sense of normalcy.