It’s safe to say that most of us were brought up with the idea of how the “ideal family” should look like. The media has reinforced the notion that the most perfect, loving families are made up of a mother, father, and kids.

But the truth is there are many alternative families that don’t fall into this “wholesome” category.

One polyamorous pair has spoken out about the ins and outs of living together with their son… and with their girlfriend:

When Joey Triplett, a part-time police officer, found out that his wife, Crystal, had fallen in love with a younger woman, he wasn’t mad. In fact, he was actually very accepting of the relationship. Ultimately, this led to the three of them living together and forming a romantic, sexual three-way relationship with each other.

Thirty-seven-year-old Joey and 35-year-old Crystal met in 2001 and got married in 2004. Five years later, their son Jamison was born. Another seven years later, Crystal met the now-23-year-old Jamie at a car club meet and they were instantly drawn to each other. “Jamie came into my life and we instantly became best friends,” Crystal told Barcroft TV.

“She was over here at our house with us every weekend, and as we got to know each other more, we just developed a romantic liking for each other.”

“When Crystal finally came to me and told me that she had feelings for Jamie, I kind of already knew,” Joey added. “A lot of people think that Crystal and I had a rocky relationship and that’s why we brought someone else into the relationship but that’s not the case at all.”

“We didn’t even know there was a word for this, polyamory wasn’t a thing that we had ever heard about or talked of. I knew she was bisexual when we got together, and I gave them my blessing completely when it came to forming the relationship.”

“At that point in time, Jamie and I had developed a really good friendship, I never felt threatened by her or that she would pry us apart or tear Crystal away from me.”

Before long, feelings started developing between Joey and Jamie as well. “We spent so much time together, two attractive people hanging out, it was kind of inevitable,” Joey said. “I pulled Crystal aside and was like, ‘I’m not trying to rain on y’alls parade, but I am developing feelings for Jamie as well’.”

It wasn’t all plain sailing as Crystal admitted to finding it difficult to accept her partners’ newfound feelings for each other.

But a mostly happy four years later, the trio are still living together in what they call a “polyamorous and polyfidelis closed triad”, meaning that they are all 100% faithful to one another.

And if they are happy with their lifestyle, then I suppose that’s all that matters, so good luck to them!