Sons dis­like part­ner

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - WEEKEND TV -

Last year, I left my hus­band of 18 years to be with the man I now live with.

I had known for some time I no longer loved my hus­band and he was no longer in­ter­ested in me, so I de­cided not to stay in a love­less re­la­tion­ship. My hus­band seems much hap­pier now, but our two sons (16 and 17) have taken it badly and have made it very clear they don’t like my new part­ner.

How do I get them to un­der­stand he makes me happy and I’m not giv­ing him up? FIONA SAYS: TELL THEM HOW YOUR BE­HAV­IOUR IS HURT­ING YOU Your sons prob­a­bly find it eas­ier to blame your part­ner for the break-up, rather than ac­cept their mum and dad no longer love one an­other. They don’t want to blame you or their dad, so your part­ner is made the scape­goat.

Ex­plain to them this man makes you happy and their fa­ther no longer did, then ask them to be happy for you. Make sure both you and your hus­band can re­as­sure them of how much they are loved and how im­por­tant they are to you.

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