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Family Opens Up About Coparenting Setup

This Family Has 3 Parents, and by All Accounts, It's a Pretty Good Setup

Another interesting aspect of their coparenting style? Chris is single and looking for love — and Lindsay is cheering him on. But obviously, finding the right woman will take some effort from this blended family. 

"Once Chris finds love, she obviously has to also love this crazy life we live," said Lindsay. "This woman would have to come meet the family and really get a feel for how we live and how much care Lucas requires." 

On a lighter note, Lindsay said she'd hope that Chris's suitor would know her way around the kitchen. 

"She would have be patient, kind, and a damn good cook," joked Lindsay. "We could really use some help in that department! All kidding aside, she would have to be the right fit. Chris, Mike, and I have committed to staying together for our small children. We aren't sure how long our older kids will be with us, but we know that the three of us parents are a package deal."

Lindsay also gave parents who are toying with the idea of living as a blended family some sage advice.

"My advice to any parents out there thinking of blending their families together would be to always be honest, and have open communication," she said, adding that, "Sometimes you just need to sit down and hash things out. Don't go to bed angry, and if you have any doubts then maybe this sort of situation isn't for you." 

But for parents who still get see eye-to-eye with their exes, it might be one of the best decisions you could make. 

"If you get along with your ex, and if your spouse and your ex get along, why not do this for your children? One mortgage, one food bill, one utility bill, and a whole lot of love."
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Lindsay Taylor, a 33-year-old mom of four and stepmom to two kiddos, has quite the setup when it comes to her living situation. She shares a home with both her ex-husband, Chris, and current husband Mike, along with all six children — and together, they make up the Taylor/Kelley family. And if Lindsay could be perfectly honest, she wouldn't have it any other way.

After having her daughter Rachel at 16, Lindsay met Chris, got married, and had two adorable kids, Lucas and Joanna with him. But unfortunately, the marriage didn't last and the pair divorced. Eventually, Lindsay married Mike, who had 21-year-old daughter Destiny and 19-year-old son Danny from a previous marriage. And before they knew it, Lindsay and Mike were welcoming a son of their own named Harrison.

Lindsay told POPSUGAR that living away from Chris post-divorce was problematic from the beginning, and that's when the notion of moving everyone under one roof came up.

"After Chris and I got divorced, I moved in with my mom in central Massachusetts for a few months," said Lindsay. "We didn't want the kids to move so I spent my days driving back and forth to be with them. Mike and I got an apartment together with his kids which was a little closer to my kids than where I was staying at my mother's, but it wasn't good enough."

"It wouldn't be easy at first, in the long run it would be the best ideal situation for our kids to have both parents under one roof again."

After the apartment they were renting was suddenly foreclosed on, Lindsay knew she needed to have a serious conversation about their living situation with her ex-husband.

"I sat down with Chris the next day and told him what was happening and we spoke about looking for a new place," she explained. "He was the one who suggested for all of us to move into his house in northeast Connecticut. He said that it wouldn't be easy at first, but in the long run it would be the best ideal situation for our kids to have both parents under one roof again."

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