Pair of single mums and besties raise their kids together as platonic co-parents08/16/2022
A pair of best friends and single mums have moved in together to raise their children as a platonic unit.
Samantha Best, 24, and Lauren Robinson, 26, met on Instagram four years ago.
After Samantha, a social media influencer from New Plymouth, New Zealand, broke up with her partner in April 2021, she decided to move herself and her son Kaelin, four, to Auckland to live with Lauren and her daughter Haidyn, five.
Samantha said: ‘Lauren and I are inseparable.
‘We moved into a house together in May this year after I decided to move back to Auckland for better work opportunities.
‘It’s so much easier living with Lauren. We’ve been able to split our finances and we are able to help each other with childcare if one of us is busy the other can pick them both up from school, or if either of us need to go out the other can watch the two children.
‘We always know we will have a babysitter if needed as well, it’s great.
‘I live with my best friend and Kaelin and Haidyn have a sibling figure for each other.’
Samantha said splitting up with her partner was difficult after spending five years together, but now they have a healthy co-parenting relationship, and Kaelin and Haidyn live like siblings.
She said: ‘I live with my best friend, and we have so much fun together.
‘We have wine nights together watching Love Island – who wouldn’t want to live with their best friend?
‘The kids keep themselves company together, but they are now like siblings, so they do bicker and that can be challenging, but that’s really it, and it’s expected.’
Just as she was about to start studying law after working at a legal firm, Samantha had her son.
She recalled: ‘I fell pregnant when I was 20 whilst I was working in a law firm. I was offered a role and to start studying, but then I became pregnant.
‘I enjoyed spending time with my son, so I took on a lot more social media content creating and did this full-time instead.
‘I hope I can inspire other people to do this and live with their friend if they are both single parents. It would help to give single mums a better life.
‘I struggled before I moved in with Lauren. It was hard for me and Kaelin to live on our own and live comfortably. Auckland is very expensive, and I was quite lonely and scared.
‘My family were so supportive when I decided to move as they knew it would be better for my career with a lot more opportunities, but they missed us and found it hard to process.
‘I go back home to New Plymouth every two weeks though so Kaelin can see his dad and I can see my family.
‘I was sad when I thought Kaelin would be by himself, but it’s so different now with Haidyn around, he has definitely come out of his shell as she is older than he is.
‘He tries to do a lot of mature things and copies Haidyn. He learnt how to ride a bike by watching her do it as well as eating at the table. He definitely looks up to her.’
Lauren and Samantha haven’t clashed as co-parents yet, and they’ve often been asked whether they’re a couple based on how close they are.
Samantha said: ‘Definitely move in with your friend if you have the chance to.
‘If you have a good foundation of friendship you should do it. It’s like dating, it’s a big thing to live with someone but if you get on well, why not?
‘And it’s easier to save money too.
‘People always think we’re together in a relationship. It’s always questioned, but we definitely aren’t.
‘Neither of us is looking to date anyone either.
‘If we found a partner they’d have to buy the house next door or something, neither of us has plans to move.
‘We want to save up and buy a house together.’
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