Scott Disick has his ex Kourtney Kardashian ‘up on a pedestal’ after going through ‘growing pains’ during their relationship and it’s proving to be a ‘learning lesson’ for him.

Scott Disick, 37, got his Instagram followers’ attention on Dec. 14 when he posted a heartfelt message to his ex and mother of his kids, Kourtney Kardashian, 41, along with a cute family photo of the two of them, and now we’re learning exactly why he decided to make the thoughtful move. “Scott is very appreciative of all that Kourtney does for him and the way that she and her entire family have stuck by him through all his ups and downs,” one source EXCLUSIVEY revealed to HollywoodLife. “He and Kourtney have an unconditional bond but no one should take his comment as a sign they are back together.”

“But, he definitely does have her up on a pedestal as the ultimate mother, there’s no one he’d rather have kids with.” the source added.

It turns out Scott’s emotions about Kourtney were triggered when he was celebrating the birthdays of both their sons, Mason and Reign. Mason turned 11 and Reign turned 6 on the same day he published his post, which can be seen above, and it was a special moment that had him reflecting on all the good in his life.

“Celebrating his little ones’ birthdays really had Scott all emotional and thankful for what he and Kourtney created,” a second source EXCLUSIVELY told us. “He loves her as a mother and loves that they have found a way to co-parent so well together. They are a good team…sure, the romantic part of their life together is no longer but he is very happy being a family with her for the benefit of the kids. And he wants that to be known because anyone that is with Scott needs to be with his kids and respect Kourt.”

Scott, who dated Kourtney from 2006-2015, has most recently been romantically linked to Amelia Hamlin, 19, after being seen with her on multiple occasions, but neither one of them have confirmed the relationship yet. Before that, he dated Sofia Richie, 22, for three years and they would often go on outings and vacations with Kourtney and their kids, proving they all knew how to get along in a healthy way.
“Scott has come leaps and bounds from where he was years ago when he was with Kourtney and he’s so grateful they’re in the place they’ve grown to be at in this point in their lives,” a third source EXCLUSIVELY explained. “There were a lot of growing pains along the way but Scott truly doesn’t feel like he couldn’t have appreciated the relationship they have now if it weren’t for the ups and downs they’ve gone through in the past. It was a learning lesson and he’s come out a better man, and father, because of it.”