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Re: Relationship breaking down/ young baby 6 years 2 weeks ago #36384

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Re: Relationship breaking down/ young baby 6 years 2 weeks ago #36402

Hi DP,

Sorry to read about your situation - life can be really hard sometimes

Im going thorugh something similar at the moment - new baby (7months who we all adore), old relationship difficulties re-surfacing as well as new ones developing. My wife is also from a different ethinc background although born and raised in the UK - and lately serious deivisions have arrisen with both our families meaning its very hard to spend time with either of them, but they all want to see the baby. I have also suggested councilling on several occasions but she wont have it, with the line "if you think you need it then you go for it". I have spent a lot of time lately considerding what life would be like if we separated and (although she wont admit it) I think my wife has been doing the same altough neither of us want a divorce as there is still a lot of love there.

You have some good advice from the guys on this board - they know what they are talking about and have really helped me lately. Most importantly, keep talking and try to be empathic to the others situation rather than sympathetic. You are both going through an extrmely hard time and that is the reality of the situation - no-one else in your shoes would find it any easier. I've been undergoing some therapy to help me deal with the anxiety I am expericing as a result of everything and happy to share a few key messages which have helped me to some extent.

- love and sorry are verbs. They dont mean much unless backed up by actions and you show you mean them.
- try to embrace uncertanty (easier said than done this one) whatever happens will happen and accept you cant control it, merely appreciate your part in shaping how it will look in the future.
- nothing that happens is either good or bad, only our reaction to it makes it so.
- if you cant make a difficult decision on something, ask yourself - if you had a twin brother going thorugh this- what would you say to him?

When I couldnt get thorugh to my wife - I have found nostalgia to be a useful tool. Remebering what it was that first drew you together, how you felt before and helps focus on what you can get back to - dig out the photo album. Like you, Im also completely petrified of what might happen if we split up, but im starting to slowly realise that if it happens i'll just have to deal with it, life will look very different, but it will go on regardless and there will be ways to find some happiness and some piece of mind.

Hope things improve for both of you.

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Re: Relationship breaking down/ young baby 6 years 2 weeks ago #36499

When I couldnt get thorugh to my wife - I have found nostalgia to be a useful tool. Remebering what it was that first drew you together, how you felt before and helps focus on what you can get back to - dig out the photo album. Like you, Im also completely petrified of what might happen if we split up, but im starting to slowly realise that if it happens i'll just have to deal with it, life will look very different, but it will go on regardless and there will be ways to find some happiness and some piece of mind.


This sounds like an cool idea, trying to remember what got you together in the first place. Maybe you can try to romance her and recapture what your relationship was like when it first started?

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Relationship breaking down/ young baby 5 years 11 months ago #37927

Hi Daddypig I am in a very nearly same situation excpet my partner is Scottish not from abroad as such. we have a 5 year old girl together and she has a 16 year old son and 14 year old daughter from her first marriage But i have brought them up with her since they were 7 and 5 The first 5 years on the whole were great we didn't have much money but rubbed along OK and nothing really got to us even major disasters we just got on with it and bounced back.

I am not sure where it all started to go wrong we moved from Scotland to Cornwall 6 years ago and all was fine at first I think things started to go bad when we lost the house with land that we had rented to set up our mail order plant business 6 months after moving from Scotland and had to move again just a few miles away but it was another move. then she found out about 8 months after the move from Scotland that she was 6 months pregnant I don't think she really wanted any more kids she was looking forward to being kid free and was now having that clock extended another 18 years, And boy have I suffered for it I adore my daughter But I have struggled with the whole father thing a bit I am no spring chicken and come to it very late in life (50 next year) and have some health issues so not as active as many dads and set in my ways to adjust as maybe I shoud. We then decided on another move to Somerset which again ended in disaster so I am blamed for that as well now.

But the rows have become horrendous she accuses me of everything, says I shout at her and the kids all the time ( i have a pretty loud voice and always have had so me talking is like shouting sometimes and it is made worse at present as my sinuses are permanately blocked and it is affecting my hearing docs say nothing they can do) She says she hates me the older kids pretty much hate me and barely talk to me and even my daughter has her moments.

Money never used to be an issue it was who ever had it paid now she says I don't give her enough money i give her what i can from the business and she only has to ask if i have she can have it But she wont ask she says it is begging I say no it is called communication I don't know you need it if you don't tell me.no one goes short but it is not enough she wants half of what the business earns basically as she is a partner ( only done to use both tax allowances) but the only thing she does for the business is 3 hours packing 3 days a week everything else is done by me on my own all the growing, picking orders, the paperwork, running the websites everything i have told her she needs to see a spread sheet of where the money goes but she refuses to look at it as she says I am paying all my personal bills with the busiiness money I am not I am paying one bank loan everything else is past debt from the family, past debts from our business in Scotland credit cards and loans we had to survive in scotland as the business was making a loss, current family household bills which I am struggling to pay £200 a week on food and petrol, council Tax Rent etc two laptops for the kids a vibrating exercise machine for her but i am spending all the money yes right !! I had £800 saved up for now which is our quietest month sales wise But had to use £300 to pay our youngest pre-school fees and I gave her the remaining £500 when she took the kids up to Scotland for a holiday did I get any thanks for that no I am now being blamed because we have no money now And what I have had NO holiday at all and barely even a wekend off.

I have slept downstairs for over a year she keeps telling me there is no way back and we are over But if i say i am going to leave she says oh yes typical man go and leave me with three kids if you do that I will have to move back to Scotland and you wont see your daughter

I do not want to leave her behind if I did leave I would be worried for her welfare the eldest has Aspergers and is pure evil he swears all the time is deeply racist, homaphobic and much more and threatens my daughter all the time has beaten his mum up twice and broke my toe and spat in my face and We had the police out to him twice in Cornwall the other daughter is nearly as bad sometimes and their mother says our daughter is like a noose round her kneck and she doesn't have a life it is cook, clean and look after Kids.

I do as much as I can i changed and did as much as I could when she was a baby given she was breast fed I was there for nearly every bath time when she was a baby even now I bath her when she wants me too and put her to bed when she wants me to But she is very clingy to her mum I take her out most Saturdays to give her mum a rest and time with the older two I cook, do the dishwasher, etc when i can I take my daughter to school and pick her up every single day I have only missed this twice in the 3 years since she started pre-school and now school and still run the business as well yet i am a terrible father and do nothing according to my partner and if I do raise my voice to my daughter it is on the 4th/5th time of trying to stop her doing something as one of us has to teach her some boundries.

So i am really looking forward to probably the worst Christmas of my life and really do not know where to go from here
We are trying to sell our biggest part of our business and do have some interested buyers I am almost tempted to see if they will buy her out and I move up to Suffolk in partnership with them. Because I have had enough of being taken for a mug

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Relationship breaking down/ young baby 5 years 11 months ago #37935

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I'm sorry to hear your having such a hard time of it. Making changes in our lives is so hard. I wish you well whatever you decide.

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Relationship breaking down/ young baby 5 years 10 months ago #39207

hi Dad's,
i'm a young father of 23 and i have a 3 year old daughter and things are slowly breaking down between her mother and me i want it to work but we argue every day and im starting to loose faith as the shouting is more frequent and getting worse.
we arent married so im scared she will run back to her parents (who live on the other side of the country) with my daughter.

i know all im doing is stating broad fear but i kind of just need reassurance.

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Relationship breaking down/ young baby 5 years 10 months ago #39249

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Hi Tom

Sorry to hear you're going through a rough patch.

Arguing Isnt good for any of you, but sometimes we can get stuck in a cycle of behaviour. Try and talk to her about how you feel and see if you can't work things out. Do you spend any quality time together? Perhaps arrange a night out, take her to the cinema or out for a meal. Bring her some flowers home, or some chocolates...there's no need to wait for an occasion to do this! It's these small spontaneous acts that women like.

Best of luck.

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