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Its like a soap opera...sad but true

My ex and I were together for 5 years before our daughter was born. Due to circumstances we spit when she was just 3 mo.s old.....We still loved each other very much, and continued a sexual relationship for many years off and on... we just stopped living together, and We had no commitment to each other or any one else,
After pleading with me to re-commit and Me saying no....He met another woman, she was well aware of our relationship status at the time but she stuck in there hoping for a commitment from him one day....that day has come.

He has somewhat neglected our daughter, he can easily go months without seeing her...weeks without calling her. It seemed to me, that if he wasn’t seeing me he wasn’t concerned with seeing her...and that may have been part of the reason while I kept this relationship going...I have since decided it was time to end this ruckus. And he and I have stopped seeing each other sexually.

I feel terrible now that I allowed him to step in and out of our lives for so many years, my daughter is desperate for her dads love and attention...He had a child with the other woman & He has devoted himself to his girlfriends children by a previous marriage, as she was married to another man when they met.

I know we should be able to be grown ups about the matter.. due to the situation being so bitter, I don’t see it happening strait away. She doesn’t realize that I have decided that its time for this to be over. His girlfriend hates me and doesn’t trust him. I dont blame her.

What do you think?

Re: Its like a soap opera...sad but true

Im sorry...I really wanted to know what advice would you give me to help improve my daughters relationship with her father ....she is the one who is hurting for his attention, he says he wants to be more envolved with her...but I fear they are just words and my daughter will be hurt, as she has been in the past with him stepping in and out of her life because of me.

Re: Re: Its like a soap opera...sad but true


Yes, it sounds like you are in a very troublesome situation. Don't blame yourself for it, these things do happen. I think that the best that you can do is make sure that your daughter knows that, despite anything, you will always love her completely and that she means the world to you. You can show this to her in any way, shape or form that will help her understand that you will always be there for her. As for your daughter's father, there is a saying that says "you can take the horse to the trough, but you can't make it drink". I think this is the case with your daughter's father. You could explain to him what he means to your daughter, but I'm not sure what effect this will have, as a relationship with his daughter has to come from within him as well as his daughter, this is not something that can be done for him, he has to make the effort himself. This situation obviously does not make things any easier for your daughter.

I really feel for you in this situation and I cannot tell you what the best thing to do would be, I can only offer the suggestion of focussing on your own relationship with your daughter, though, inevitably, at some point, you will need to speak to your daughter about her father (eg. when she asks you about him). Maybe you could, when you do this, lead her to see the beauty in the attention that she does receive from her father, no matter how minimal. Help her to focus on the positives in her relationship with her father, that she does sometimes get to see him despite a difficult situation.

I am very sorry that this is the best advice that I can give, I really wish that there was more that I could say to help. I really do hope that the situation eases for both you and your daughter!

sad but true, This was basically a love triangle

This was basically a love triangle between the three of you; I would guess that your EX quite enjoyed "keeping" you and still being able to start something new. Triangles are never good, there is always someone who gets the short end, and it sounds like it may have been you and your daughter? I’m only going by the fact that you said you let him in and out of you life (and your daughters) for so many years.

He is the adult and if he wants a relationship with his child he would have to initiate it, I would talk to your daughter and just explain the situation as best you can, especially if he is like you say "devoted to her children" even though they are not his. THis must make your daughter feel horrible.

I commend you for leaving this situation; hopefully you can find a love to devote himself to you and your daughter. "That time has come"