Shannon and Chris Neuman’s divorce selfie went viral for a reason, and she explained that, in a way, the photo was meant to be a message to their kids.
Going through a divorce is never easy, but many couples put themselves and their grievances ahead of the well-being of their own children. This is not the case with Shannon and Chris Neuman, who, despite going through a very difficult time, decided to put that aside and show their kids they can still smile.
It is not every day that we see a couple like Shannon and Chris Neuman, who made a decision that was difficult but was the best for them and their kids. Shannon posted the divorce selfie to Facebook on Tuesday — which has been shared over 34,000 times — explaining why they decided to take a divorce selfie.
“Are we smiling because the partner we chose for forever turned out not to be the forever partner we needed? Of course not. We’re smiling because we have done something extraordinary (we think anyway!). We have respectfully, thoughtfully, and honorably ended our marriage in a way that will allow us to go forward as parenting partners for our children, the perfect reason that this always WAS meant to be, so they will never have to choose.”
Shannon and Chris Neuman are from Calgary, Canada, were married for 11 years, and have two children, but things didn’t work out with their relationship. The divorce selfie couple is determined to put their children first and never make them choose “which side of the auditorium to run to after their Christmas concert or spring play, because we’ll be sitting together. They won’t have to struggle with their own wedding planning because we’ll be sitting on the same side of the aisle — THEIR side.”
The remarkable divorce selfie message is one Sharon hopes they can continue moving forward. In an interview with Global News, the mother of two said their journey hasn’t been easy, with very painful moments, but they made it work for the sake of their children.
For Shannon and Chris Neuman, it is more important to love your kids than to “hate/distrust/dislike your ex (which we have felt at times on the journey but for the record we do actually like each other). Nice work #teamneuman #divorceselfie,” she concluded.
Do you think you could handle a divorce they way Shannon and Chris Neuman have?
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