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What We Can All Learn From Tom Brady's Baby Mamas

Most Superbowl XLIX viewers were focused on two teams: the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. But I had my eye on two other factions—Gisele and Bridget, the beautiful baby mamas of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

If you haven’t been following Tom’s soap opera-worthy love life for the past few years, here’s a quick recap: Tom dated actress Bridget Moynahan (possibly most famous for playing Carrie’s romantic nemesis Natasha on "Sex and The City") for three years. After their break-up, Bridget discovered she was pregnant with her ex’s son (Jack, now 6). Tom later married the world’s highest paid supermodel Gisele Bundchen and they had two kids, Benjamin and Vivian. Got it? Good.

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Tom and Bridget share custody of Jack, so when the Patriots won the big game, the world saw both of his sons rush the field with mom/stepmom Gisele. Bridget wasn’t there to celebrate, but she tweeted in support of her ex, “Congratulations to the @Patriots!” It was a great moment in civil co-parenting—something these moms seem to have made a priority. Gisele and Bridget are often photographed together at Jack’s soccer and Little League games, sitting together and chatting amicably.

As a child of divorce, I can’t tell you how much I admire these women for making the best of a tough situation.

As a child of divorce, I can’t tell you how much I admire these women for making the best of a tough situation. My own mother and stepmother haven’t had an actual conversation in 30 years. They are both great women and terrific grandmothers to my kid, but co-parenting is not something that they ever attempted.

I don’t blame them. In the 1980s, the term “co-parenting” didn’t exist yet, and there wasn’t a template to follow. My father’s wife and ex-wife interacted very little, so when they did cross paths it was always super awkward. Keeping separate lives may have been easier for the grownups, but it’s been hard on my brother and me. (At our own weddings, we were more nervous about our parents getting along than about walking down the aisle.) That’s why I’m in awe of today’s modern blended families who make it work.

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For Bridget and Gisele, it wasn’t always smooth sailing. In 2009, Gisele famously told Vanity Fair that she thought of Jack as “my own son,” which apparently didn’t sit well with Bridget. Sharing kids is challenging, and doing it in the public eye is probably even harder. But they’ve avoided the pitfalls of trash-talking in the media (unlike, say, Brandi Glanville and Leanne Rhimes) and over time they’ve found a way to get along.

In 2011, Bridget told "More" magazine, “My son has two loving parents in an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love.”

That’s all any kid can ask for. Go team!

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