Podcast Episode 167: These Best Friends Were Once Married to Each Other’s Husbands

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 166 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to two women about the remarkable story of their families.

For this episode, I speak to a couple of women with a remarkable personal story to tell. You see, Lindsey Phillips and Jesse Enander are best friends who many people would assume couldn’t be friends at all. Indeed, they were once married to each other’s husbands, a complicated love story that started out with the four of them as couple friends.

Lindsey and Jesse are here to tell me about how this unique situation has come to be, and about how they managed to make what could have been a difficult and acrimonious situation into something great. In fact, Jesse and Lindsey have now created a YouTube channel called TeamMom Official to share their stories and inspire others to find a path to great co-parenting and even friendship.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Lindsey & Jessie’s 1000 Families post

TeamMom Official YouTube Channel

TeamMom Facebook page

TeamMom on Instagram

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Lindsey’s Parenting Advice

“I think the most we say all the time is that if we can co-parent the way we do, and we’ve chosen to become not only amicable co-parents, and even taking it to the next level and become friends, and even taking it even further and becoming best friends again… if we can do it, other people can at least co-parent amicably together and think about their children first. Because honestly, our situation I think people would look at us and say ‘Alright, you know what — if you guys didn’t get along the way you do, if you guys didn’t attend the same church like you do, if you didn’t sit together at your functions together the way you do, we would get it. It would make sense for you guys not to get along the way you do because of what happened between you.’ But they look at us and people are like ‘Wow, if you can do this then surely other people can do it too,’ because ultimately our children are what matters the most because they’re only going to be young so long and then they’re going to grow to be adults and we want them to be flat out good human beings and if they can see us doing that then that’s what they are going to become.”

Jesse’s Parenting Advice

“Kids look and learn through example, and the best person, the best people to see the example in their lives are their parents. I have watched, growing up, my friends that had divorced parents that they fought with them over holidays and birthdays and whatever little thing it was — I never wanted that, I never wanted that for my kids. And our kids don’t have that now. They have four parents that get along, that love them and how wonderful, how blessed are they?”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

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