Raising a family is hard enough as it is. One can only imagine how much more complicated it becomes when Daddy is dating two different women. But apparently that set-up works for this family.
Adam Lyons, 36, lives with his two girlfriends, one a whom is pregnant. Lyons, dubbed the “luckiest man alive,” is originally from East London, but now lives in Austin, Texas, with his two girlfriends: Brooke Shedd and Jane Shalakhova.
At the time, Adam and Brooke had one son together, Dante, and now the “throuple” is expecting again after Jane became pregnant.
The threesome share a super-king-sized bed and can’t wait for the new baby, due in July.
“It’s so sweet that we all get to parent and raise the kids together,” Adam said. “We have talked about it at length and we all consider ourselves parents to the children.
“With the kids, our titles are officially ‘Dad,’ ‘Mum,’ and ‘Mum.’ For us, three definitely works better than two.”
Despite their non-traditional arrangement, the threesome believes their arrangement could become the norm for future relationships and parenting.
Adam, who runs his own business consulting company Psychology Hacker, said: “For us, three people works better because it enables us to manage daily life so much better.
“So many of our friends are in ‘normal’ two-person couple relationships with kids, jobs and all the other typical responsibilities and I see them struggling to juggle their lives. It’s difficult with two people.
“But with three parents, we always have the ability for one person to look after the kids. As a result, we never begrudge each other anything because we all have lots of time. With three people, it’s logistically so much easier to handle all those things – we share out the responsibilities and it fits our sexual preferences too.
“When Brooke, Jane and I first came about our relationship, we had some criticism and certain people said we wouldn’t last.
“But we’ve been going for five years now. What we have is not a fling or a phase, we’re a real family with healthy, happy kids. Our son Oliver doesn’t even recognize what is ‘unusual’ about our family. This should be the future of relationships, where people are able to enjoy love in any way they feel works. Three people and three parents make so much sense to us.”
Jane, 27, has come around on the entire concept of children thanks to the family’s unique set up.
“When I had boyfriends before, I never wanted or cared about kids. Growing up, I always thought that when you had a baby, you became a slave to your child. You see a lot of parents struggling.
“But raising Dante with Adam and Brooke and watching him grow up with three parents around – I realize we could do it as a family. With three parents around, it’s so doable. With three parents, we can still have a social life, make time for one another and share the parenting tasks so you don’t end up like the typical sleep-deprived mum! With two partners, there’s so much help and I’ll never have to leave my kids with someone I don’t trust.”