A Bonus Mom is a woman who helps her boyfriend or husband co-parent his children from another mama. Bonus Moms wipe butts, read bedtime stories, pull splinters out of tiny fingers, cook, go to Little League games, endure minigolf, craft, and do all the other things that birth moms do during their time with the kids. Generally bonus moms have a cordial relationship with the birth mom and joins in at birthday parties and big events. Bonus moms and the corresponding birth moms approach co-parenting from the belief that a kids can't have too many people who love them in their lives.
"I feel fortunate that my ex chose someone who has welcomed my kids into her life. I feel relief that my kids want to spend time with her. I feel lucky that there is another person who loves my kids and wants to be a part of their lives everyday, and especially, on Mother’s Day. Because there could never be too many people loving my kids. Bonus mom. How lucky. For all of us." (via motherinchief)