Audrey Loving has a simple message for parents of blended families: "Just be a grown-up and put the kid first," she tells Today—and she's leading by example. In a Nov. 2 Facebook post, the 24-year-old mom from Virginia describes how thankful she is for the new girlfriend of her ex and father of her 4-year-old daughter, Riley. Though Loving has full custody, Riley still visits her dad often and girlfriend Whitney McGraw—who has two children—"feeds her … buys her gifts, and basically takes care of her like her own," Loving says. While some moms act jealous or spiteful toward the "other woman," "I'm not interested in the baby mama drama," Loving says. "I welcomed [McGraw] into my family with open arms."
Loving has "been a stepparent and I haven't been appreciated," she tells Inside Edition, so she can sympathize with McGraw. Her parents, including a stepfather, also "raised me, my stepsisters, and half-sisters the right way," she tells the Huffington Post. "I never heard negative talk about the other parents." While it can be difficult sharing her daughter, "the more people that love your kid, the better," Loving says. "If we teach [kids] to be hateful and negative, the world will continue to be hateful and negative," she adds, per Us Weekly. Her post has received more than 370,000 likes and almost 150,000 shares as of this writing. But the best reaction was from McGraw, who was left "in tears," says Loving. "Happy ones." (This parenting win made a waitress cry.)