Ken and Wanda Bass divorced in 2002 after 15 years of marriage. They had two sons together, now ages 15 and 22, and had trouble communicating for many years. To reestablish communication, Wanda took the initiative and decided to send a card to Ken, but could not find the appropriate card. Ken, a few months later, encountered a similar situation when trying to select a Mother’s Day card for Wanda.
“Co-parenting may not require friendship right away but it does require cooperation in order for your children to grow up in a socially healthy environment,” Wanda told The Huffington Post.
With cooperation in mind, the former spouses created Xcards, a line of greeting cards for divorced couples who want to reestablish communication for the sake of their children. The company’s mission statement is as follows: “[I]n this forever changing world with the divorce rate at 50% and out of wedlock birth at nearly 40%, there is a need for cards that express the thoughts and point of views of people who reluctantly find themselves in unfortunate but sometimes necessary circumstances. Xcards are here to help restore, build and maintain relationships by providing a bridge of communication between people that are, ‘not together but never forgotten.’”
One of Xcards Mother’s Days cards reads, “Choosing you to be the mother of our child has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Even though we are apart, I have never regretted that decision. No matter what has happened between us, I am proud to say that you are the mother of our child.”
With both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, Xcards may be a useful resource.