In a now-viral Facebook post, father Billy Flynn Gadbois from Boston explains why he bought his ex-wife flowers and a card for her birthday.
He explains he has been annoyed with friends consistently questioning why he has such a close relationship with his ex-wife.
He took to Facebook to explain that his nice gestures are meant to set a good example to his two sons:
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 s*** 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.
The original post has been deleted from his Facebook page. Gadbois does not explain why he deleted the post, but hints on his Facebook page that he has received a number of hateful messages and comments. The message has been copied and pasted by other social media pages and has gotten almost 540,000 likes.
Gadbois is a father of two and a lawyer in the Boston area. According to his Facebook page, his two children are home-schooled and primarily raised by his ex-wife.
He told "Today" he wrote the post for other divorced parents, saying negative feelings toward an ex does not mean they should act petty or rude in front of their children. Parents should aspire to set a good example in front of their children.