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My husband has been off-and-on leaving me since we have been together. He left me at the beginning of the year. He's acting like he doesn't even care. I am not going to lie: I'm devastated! I don't want my two little girls to see me like this. What do I do?

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tarynitup tarynitup 5 years
I'm sorry that you're going through this. I'm not sure what your specific circumstances are but if he leaves you and comes back regularly I would guess that he's cheating on you. If he isn't he is being very clear that he doesn't want to be with you. He's probably only coming back when he needs something. This situation has never happened to me, but it's happened to friends of mine. The guy would leave to be with the other woman, when he realizes that that relationship requires work too, he'd come back. The other woman was going through the same thing as the wife or girlfriend. Ask yourself what you would tell your daughters to do if they were in your situation. Would you tell them to wait for him to realize what a good thing he has and put up with this mental abuse until he grows up? You are setting an example of how women and men interact and what love looks like. You're also showing them that having someone who treats you like dirt is better than being independent. Your girls may grow up to believe that they are not capable of taking care of themselves, that ANY man can take care of them better than they can take care of themselves. I know it's hard but it is completely your responsibility to put an end to this situation. As you yourself said, "he's acting like he doesn't even care." This could go on for many more years if you let it.Woman up, find support and get on with the life you've always wanted. It's not too late!xoxo
tarynitup tarynitup 5 years
I'm sorry that you're going through this. I'm not sure what your specific circumstances are but if he leaves you and comes back regularly I would guess that he's cheating on you. If he isn't he is being very clear that he doesn't want to be with you. He's probably only coming back when he needs something. This situation has never happened to me, but it's happened to friends of mine. The guy would leave to be with the other woman, when he realizes that that relationship requires work too, he'd come back. The other woman was going through the same thing as the wife or girlfriend. Ask yourself what you would tell your daughters to do if they were in your situation. Would you tell them to wait for him to realize what a good thing he has and put up with this mental abuse until he grows up? You are setting an example of how women and men interact and what love looks like. You're also showing them that having someone who treats you like dirt is better than being independent. Your girls may grow up to believe that they are not capable of taking care of themselves, that ANY man can take care of them better than they can take care of themselves. I know it's hard but it is completely your responsibility to put an end to this situation. As you yourself said, "he's acting like he doesn't even care." This could go on for many more years if you let it. Woman up, find support and get on with the life you've always wanted. It's not too late! xoxo
mamachaka mamachaka 5 years
Has anyone else been through this? What did ya do?
mamachaka mamachaka 5 years
I just found out that I may lose my apartment because they based the rental amount and his income. He's the one that left! Marriage sucks...
lauraxtc lauraxtc 5 years
You need to get over him. If its been going on for years, he probably lost respect for you and love a long time ago. You need to accept that and tough it out. Im sorry if I am being to rough, I have been in your shoes and girl, I cried nights, I would even go look for him until one day, I said "C'mon, are you going to continue doing this to us or what? Do we still have a chance, you need to tell me now and I will respect what you decide." and he without skipping a beat said, Forget about us. We are done. I care for you, but not like that anymore. and It hurt, I suffered, I lost so much weight due to being so depressed. But I stopped calling, I changed my number, I had to. Because if I didn't, and If you dont, you will be the one who will be feeling sorry for yourself, and even if he does come back, he will leave again because he knows he can get away with it. He knows you dont value yourself enough and will forgive him no matter what he does. and There is a Limit!! You have a value! You have to find it within yourself. I finally just had to deal with it. I have kids too and had to stay strong for my children. I understand that its hard and change can be difficult but change can also be good for you. You have to see it in a positive way. Its sad that it didn't work out, but you have learned, learned the hard way and maybe this experience will help you in your next relationship. You will value yourself more.For now, just work out, live for yourself and your children. And forget that man.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 5 years
You need to get over him. If its been going on for years, he probably lost respect for you and love a long time ago. You need to accept that and tough it out. Im sorry if I am being to rough, I have been in your shoes and girl, I cried nights, I would even go look for him until one day, I said "C'mon, are you going to continue doing this to us or what? Do we still have a chance, you need to tell me now and I will respect what you decide." and he without skipping a beat said, Forget about us. We are done. I care for you, but not like that anymore. and It hurt, I suffered, I lost so much weight due to being so depressed. But I stopped calling, I changed my number, I had to. Because if I didn't, and If you dont, you will be the one who will be feeling sorry for yourself, and even if he does come back, he will leave again because he knows he can get away with it. He knows you dont value yourself enough and will forgive him no matter what he does. and There is a Limit!! You have a value! You have to find it within yourself. I finally just had to deal with it. I have kids too and had to stay strong for my children. I understand that its hard and change can be difficult but change can also be good for you. You have to see it in a positive way. Its sad that it didn't work out, but you have learned, learned the hard way and maybe this experience will help you in your next relationship. You will value yourself more. For now, just work out, live for yourself and your children. And forget that man.
jenni5 jenni5 5 years
Filmgirl said it perfectly!
jenni5 jenni5 5 years
Filmgirl said it perfectly!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 5 years
You need to get him out of your life permanently (except for allowing him to see the kids). Letting him in and out of your life as well as the childrens' lives is extremely unhealthy. The only way you can heal is by letting him go, and don't let your kids see you hurt over their father. Just tell them it didn't work out between you two, and that he won't be there for them all of the time
Old-School Old-School 5 years
First, I'm sorry you're going through an ordeal like this.Second, I think you should stop letting his actions affect your own view of yourself. You're not a victim. He's just a jerk. You've got to start making decisions for yourself and your kids that don't take him into account. To decide is to cut out all other options. As long as you're in a victim's limboland state of mind, you'll be going in circles, getting dizzy, nowhere, and sick.Don't badmouth him to your children, but you've got to get off the pity pot and kick it into another gear. Start acting instead of reacting. You and your girls will all feel better when you do.
Old-School Old-School 5 years
First, I'm sorry you're going through an ordeal like this. Second, I think you should stop letting his actions affect your own view of yourself. You're not a victim. He's just a jerk. You've got to start making decisions for yourself and your kids that don't take him into account. To decide is to cut out all other options. As long as you're in a victim's limboland state of mind, you'll be going in circles, getting dizzy, nowhere, and sick. Don't badmouth him to your children, but you've got to get off the pity pot and kick it into another gear. Start acting instead of reacting. You and your girls will all feel better when you do.
JoeTyndall JoeTyndall 5 years
Distract, distract, distract. You need to distract yourself by thinking about someone new. Think about the cute guy down at McDonald's. Somebody. I remember the time I started looking around for someone who I could use to distract myself from thoughts about my ex. There was a cute girl (I am a guy) who worked down at the local grocery store. I never planned to ask her out, I didn’t even plan to try to get some kind of friendship going. I was using her only as a distraction. Whenever thoughts of my ex would pop into my head, I would think about her. It worked — not well — but it worked.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
If you need to cry do it in privet. It is not healthy for your girls to see that their mom is crying for their dad, that will make them resentful towards their father. And I will recommend that you don't take him back: " None deserves your tears; who does will not make you cry."
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