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11 Moments Martin And Lena Were The Parents We Want To Be… Or Wish We Had

No parent is perfect. Our parents weren’t, and we are fairly sure we aren’t either.

But we love them all the same. In fact, we might love them even more because of their imperfections. Case in point: ABC’s Splitting Up Together’s Martin and Lena. These two exes are trying to co-parent while cohabitating and navigating an unconventional divorce. They might not always know the right thing to do or say (it’s an unprecedented situation!) but they’re trying. And they are undoubtedly two of our favorite parents on the small screen right now. We can’t wait to see what they do next when Season 2 of Splitting Up Together returns on October 16!  Until then, here are just a few reasons why we love them.

Lena created a special room in the house for her teenage son to have some….alone time in…after learning that was why he’d been experiencing some discomfort… down there.

 Lena created a special room in the house for her teenage son to have some….alone time in…after learning that was why he’d been experiencing some discomfort… down there.
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That is some progressive parenting! Plus, she was thoughtful enough to string up lights for ambiance, and to provide lotion and tissues.

Martin’s dad-hacks are unparalleled.

Martin’s dad-hacks are unparalleled.
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What’s a dad to do when it’s his night with the kids, but he forgot to do laundry? Let his sons eat dinner shirtless, with Nerf bullets strapped to their chests, obviously. It was like Rambo meets the Barefoot Contessa.

Speaking of dinner, we have to give Martin props for deciding to overcome his fear of cooking — and finding his inner domestic goddess.

Speaking of dinner, we have to give Martin props for deciding to overcome his fear of cooking — and finding his inner domestic goddess.
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As Milo so eloquently put it, “It looks like dog barf, but it tastes great!”

Lena isn’t squeamish about having tough conversations with and about her kids.

Lena isn’t squeamish about having tough conversations with and about her kids.
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Listen, you try to talk to a teenage boy about what’s going on with his changing body and get back to us. We give her many parental props just for showing up and making the effort.

And Martin isn’t afraid to take fashion chances.

And Martin isn’t afraid to take fashion chances.
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Like when he dons pink p*ssyhat beanies with his sons to show Mae he supports feminism. It also must be said that he owns an impressive collection of “ugly’ dad hats — and wears the heck out of them.

Lena can respect her kids’ wishes… even when she really wants to completely ignore them.

Lena can respect her kids’ wishes… even when she really wants to completely ignore them.

When Mae asks her not to attend her school play with Martin as a “weird divorced couple,” she stays home. But you know it it took all the mom-power she possessed — because she preorders the DVD, which is not even a thing we knew you could do, tbh.

But when she knows she’s needed, she’s there no matter what.

But when she knows she’s needed, she’s there no matter what.
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We were cheering when she disobeyed the scary waitress at the “no phones” hipster restaurant so that she could check in on her kids mid-date. Then, when she learned Milo was sick, she was outta there. (Though, to be honest, that scary waitress was kind of ruining the whole meal anyway.) Martin was doing a pretty good job holding down the sick fort on his own though.

Even though he’s still learning the finer points of feminism from his teenage daughter, Martin is already an equal opportunity roughhouser.

Even though he’s still learning the finer points of feminism from his teenage daughter, Martin is already an equal opportunity roughhouser.
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When Mae says it’s sexist that he wrestles only with his sons, he promptly and unceremoniously body-slams her to the ground, and she was definitely not expecting it. We were on the floor ourselves — laughing, that is.

Both Lena and Martin ultimately always have each other’s backs, which is what co-parenting is all about.

Both Lena and Martin ultimately always have each other’s backs, which is what co-parenting is all about.
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Even when they disagree, they try to present a united front. It was super sweet when Martin defended Lena’s mom skills to their kids when she went AWOL to go clubbing… even though for the life of him, Milo can’t figure out what AWOL means.

And they’re a great team when they put their minds to it — and great party planners.

 And they’re a great team when they put their minds to it — and great party planners.
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The outer-space party they threw for Milo’s birthday looked out of this world. They had a moon rock ball pit! We don’t care how old you are, you are never too old for a moon rock ball pit.

And in the end, they always put their kids’ wishes and needs first.

And in the end, they always put their kids’ wishes and needs first.
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When Milo wanted to invite Martin’s new girlfriend to his outer-space party, Lena grinned and bore it… even though she had to take a personal break in the bathroom for a little cry. Hey, we all could use a little bathroom cry from time to time.

We’re so psyched that Splitting Up Together is returning from its own break this month! We’ve been feeling kind of lost without our favorite TV parents in our lives. And we can’t wait to see where Lena and Martin’s relationship stands after that doozy of a cliffhanger at the close of Season 1. Will they be together? Friends/roommates with benefits? Check out the trailer below to remind yourself why Lena and Martin rock (and how much chemistry they have) before Season 2 premieres Tuesday, October 16 at 9:30|8:30c on ABC.