Tiffany Paskas and Megan Storz, mothers in a mixed family, say they’ve gone from being new wives and ex-wives to becoming closest friends to benefit their children.
The parents of Tampa, as they’re known on Instagram, told “Good Morning America” that their bond didn’t develop overnight.
“It took four years before we even spoke — four years of discomfort — not saying anything other than a quick little ‘Hi,'” Paskas remarked.
Storz shares equal custody of her 11-year-old son, Michael, with her ex-husband, who is now married to Paskas, and says it’s difficult for him.
“He didn’t want to say how much fun he was having at each house because he was afraid of upsetting the other house,” Storz recounted. “And it was one of the reasons I reached out to [Tiffany] because I saw it firsthand and thought, ‘That’s not OK.'”
As the pandemic spread, the two mothers began to converse more, emphasising the significance of balanced, healthy co-parenting.
“Our husbands were both diagnosed with COVID at the same time,” Storz explained. “Tiffany and I were both quarantined at the same time. We had a great time — we used to do a lot of TikTok together on my makeup account, which is why people were asking, “Who’s this other person on your TikTok?” ‘Oh, it’s my husband’s ex-wife,’ I think. ‘Oh my God, you have to tell us more,’ they exclaimed.”
On Moms of Tampa, the now-best friends have shared their message of togetherness in the hopes of inspiring other parents and step-parents to find common ground and co-parent successfully.
“This is big,” said parenting editor Ericka Sóuter on “GMA,” since “it’s incredibly vital for kids to feel safe, loved, and comfortable.”
“When you’re at odds with a stepparent or a parent, it creates a really tense situation for the child or children,” she continued, “so it’s really vital to try to get along.”
“It is possible. We get a lot of individuals who say, “I could never do that,” but you really could “Storz explained. “We understand that it isn’t possible for everyone — if you could put your pride aside and see whether it is possible.”