Billy Flynn is an attorney, model, and dad in Boston. In his spare time (what little of it exists), he enjoys going viral with heartfelt Facebook posts about the struggles and joys of being a divorced dad of two young boys. Recently, he wrote a post on just that topic that was shared by the popular Facebook page Love What Matters. That post is now blowing up, because its message really resonates with people who are tired of hearing only the negative about life as a single parent.
Flynn's post reads:
It's my ex-wife's birthday today so I got up early and brought flowers and cards and a gift over for the kids to give her and helped them make her breakfast. Per usual someone asked me why the hell I still do things for her all the time. This annoys me. So ima break it down for you all.
I'm raising two little men. The example I set for how I treat their mom is going to significantly shape how they see and treat women and affect their perception of relationships. I think even more so in my case because we are divorced. So if you aren't modeling good relationship behavior for your kids, get your shit together. Rise above it and be an example. This is bigger than you.
Raise good men. Raise strong women. Please. The world needs them, now more than ever.
In less than two weeks, Flynn's post has exploded. It currently has more than 700,000 likes, and more than 200,000 shares. Commenters have been coming forward with their own similar stories, some of which are racking up tens of thousands of likes themselves.
Of course, trolls also showed up to criticize his parenting skills—that happens to everything on the internet that gets big enough. But Flynn has been online for a while, and is not fazed. He posted a response on his own page, telling his fans to stand down.
Hey guys, I appreciate everyone who is messaging me about defending me in comments on all these reposts but honestly its not worth engaging and bringing negativity into your life. Nobody wins when you get emotionally invested with idiots.
When you force people to look in a mirror and question themselves its always going to be easier for them to discredit you than to consider they might be wrong, especially when changing requires effort and setting yourself aside. Fuck em. You're above their crap, save yourself the aggravation. I'm used to this shit, no worries.
This dad is a class act. Way to go!