For one mom, the choice to have her son live with her ex-husband was a no-brainer.
After 10 years of dating and two years of marriage, Andrena Andrews and her husband decided to get a divorce -- and her ex-husband relocated to Atlanta. While their split was friendly, one major issue needed to be figured out: where would their 10-year-old son live?
"Since our break-up was so amicable, there wasn't really a need for much long discussion early on. We just sorta said, 'We'll figure it out as we go.' It wasn't like some judge said, 'You'll have him for summers, and you'll have him during Christmas and spring breaks,'" Andrena said. "It's not like that at all. My ex-husband and I have a great relationship and share joint custody of Adam. It's very open and fair."
You might judge her as a bad mommy, but Andrena says she has good reasons for deciding to have young Adam live in Atlanta while she stayed in New York. While she admits that the divorce was hard on her, her own personal struggle did not influence her decision. She wanted her son to have green grass to play in, trees to climb, and the advantage of the Atlanta education system. And, according to her, there is nothing like having a boy be with his daddy.
In this Essence exclusive interview, Andrena explains how her son has the best of both worlds, what her family thought about it, and why she is constantly on the phone with her son's school.
For the full interview, check out Essence.com.
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