Los Angeles Times

Focus on family she has

- Send questions to Amy Dickinson by email to ask amy@amydickins­on.com.

Dear Amy: I am a 35-yearold woman. I had my first child with my boyfriend eight months ago.

We were not planning to have a child together (we had only been casually dating for three months prior to the pregnancy), but he has done an amazing job in stepping up.

He does not want to get married or have any more kids.

I feel conflicted about trying to make the relationsh­ip work to keep my family together while my child is young, but I also want to find someone who wants what I want.

Given my age (I am “geriatric” in the labor and delivery world), I feel like if I don’t have another child now, it will be too late.

But also, dating is the worst, and I am not sure I would meet anyone anyway.

Do I accept that my son will be my only child and I will never get married, or should I risk breaking up my family for the small chance that I might meet someone who wants marriage and more children?

Should I be happy I had a least one child with a decent man?

Ms. Confused

Dear Confused: Yes, you should be happy you have had a child with a decent man. But this is not the end of your story — your story is just beginning!

You seem to be extremely and needlessly agitated regarding your future. Perhaps it is because a doctor slapped a “geriatric” label on you at the age of 35.

This is a disservice to you, because it seems to have made you panic, during the very time of your baby’s early life when you should be learning to live in the moment.

Because your baby’s father doesn’t want to get married or have more children with you (and you want both), perhaps you and he should mindfully transition into an amicable, mutually supportive co-parenting arrangemen­t and you should both consider yourself available to other relationsh­ips.

You should also assume that you will NOT meet the perfect person who will want to marry you and have a child within the next couple of years.

However, you could choose to have another child on your own, through sperm donation or adoption.

What you don’t want to do is convey to your child that your family is incomplete until Mr. Wonderful comes along and is able to fulfill your goals.

If you could settle down a little bit, you might see that your slightly unconventi­onal family is teaching you to adjust to the world as it is.

There are many ways to have more children, including the way in which I did it, which was to joyfully acquire four stepdaught­ers after being a single mother for 17 years.

My point is that you can lay out your plans but the world might have other ideas.

Dear Amy: I read your column every day.

I continue to be amazed that you can get some answers so right, and others so WRONG, sometimes in the same column!


Dear Frustrated: An answer isn’t necessaril­y “right” just because you agree with it, and an answer might not be wrong, just because you hold a different view.

All the same, I like to leave space for readers to disagree.

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