My partner and I have five kids between us – we live in the same house but different floors, it works

BLENDING two families together doesn't always go smoothly.

One woman is sharing the way that she and her partner have made it work for them.

Shelley Lynn and her partner have five children between them—she has two and he has three.

She recently shared a video in which she explained the living situation that they adopted for their now blended family.

“We own a home that has two suites. We live separately together,” Shelley began.

Her husband and his three children live in their own suite, equipped with a kitchen, dining room, and family room.

Up the hall, Shelley and her two kids have their own suite—which also has its own kitchen and living space.

While the two sets of children seem to get along well, this housing dynamic suits their needs best.

Speaking to the camera, Shelley said: “Love to find other families that live like this. I think it’s amazing. And I would also love to hear if you have any opinions.”

It is not all that common to see families go against the grain and create a living situation that involves two separate housing quarters.

Many viewers applauded Shelley’s willingness to do whatever works for her family, regardless of what others expect.

“Nice to see people stepping out of society’s ancient standards of how things should be,” read one comment.

“I think this is so great for kids. It’s not forcing them to pretend they suddenly have new siblings just because their parents are together,” read another.

“Let’s normalize doing whatever makes people happy and is best for the kids.”

And lastly, there was the woman who jokingly commented what many of us thought: “I want to live like this with my current family…husband and kids in one suite and me in the other.”

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