It’s playing on my mind.(106 Posts)
I really don’t know where to start.....
But I’m going to try!
So this morning , DS (18) and I were in the car, on the way to do our weekly shop. He was sat beside me whilst he spoke to an “unknown person” on the phone, the conversation was friendly at first... the usual “How you doing?” etc
Then it escalated into...
“Yes I’m still single baby... I haven’t found anyone I’m really compatible with, on all levels”
Now beating in mind, he has been with his girlfriend for almost 8 months now. She is a lovely young lady, and I have a very good relationship with her, she texts me every day to see if I'm ok etc.
Me and his father broke up several years ago, due to him being unfaithful. I am very worried that my son is going to take after him, the conversation he had on the phone this morning has been playing on my mind all day, up to the point where I couldn't eat. It makes me think whether or not he is being unfaithful to his girlfriend, I really don't want her to go through what I went through with his dad.
AIBU to want to confront my son about this? or do I mind my own business?
If I am not being unreasonable how do I approach the situation?
I would have just asked him at the time, he wasnt trying to hide / keep private his conversation from you. But whatever his response is please dont get too involved, he wont thank you for it, if he is cheating on his girlfriend then thats a situation he has to deal with.
Don’t confront him but like do it in an innocent ignorant way.. like “ random question did you and insert girlfriends name break up”? He goes “no, how come“ and you go “ oh I just though cause you said you were single on the phone that was a new girlfriend, what’s the deal there then?” Like all super calm tone, try not sounding judgmental. Get the full story, then judge whether to tell him any home truths.
Thanks for the reply, it was almost as if he believed that he was somewhere alone talking in private.
And yes, I know I shouldn't get involved but I don't want him to turn into a man that thinks its ok to be unfaithful.
He definitely hasn't broke up with her, he was on FaceTime with her this afternoon...
I know it isn't my business, but I really can’t cope with this.
I'm not clear on why you didn't ask at the time. YNBU to talk to him, you're a woman and you expect him to respect women.
@AJGranny, I know I should have asked there and then, but he didn’t end the call until we were half way into food shopping.
Ask him if he was doing some kinky role play or something in front of you over the phone? He’ll be like what the hell and then back to the same suggestion “ oh sorry just thought you’d split up with x given that phonecall about being single but then you don’t seem to have”. If he’s like “it’s none of your business” just be like “precisely, that’s why I asked, I don’t need to know about what you are doing, especially if it’s cheating ... I know how awful that feels on the other end and o don’t want to be reminded, do what you want but don’t bring me in to it”.
@LouiseTrees, That’s a great idea, I'll definitely try it first thing tomorrow morning.
I would mentioned that you heard his conversations and that his girlfriend deserves honesty from him but that’s it’s
he is 18 playing around at that age when you have only recently discovered sex and your powers of charm isn’t going to necessarily make him into a man that disrespects women
He maybe bored if his girlfriend and looking to move on
And don’t put your experience of your relationship on to him. It’s not going to make him think oh I better not do this and that between you and your ex
He's 18. His gf sounds a bit intense contacting you every day. If he was committed living together or married then it would be different.
I tried speaking to him this morning, only to be met with “What... When? What conversation?” 😔😡
@RedHelenB, I honestly don’t mind, bless her!
So where do I go from now guys? he is also getting ready to go out, and to be honest I don’t want him going out (exercise is fine) but it’s almost as if sometimes he forgets we are in the middle of a pandemic.
You should've spoken to him at the time. If I heard my DS say that on the phone I would've said to him breezily afterwards, "Oi, you are not single mate, make sure you let xx down gently before moving on..don't be disrespectful" blah blah blah.
I know it isn't my business, but I really can’t cope with this.
He's 18, you seem a bit over involved in his love life, let him get on with it. The gf texting you everyday is a bit weird too.
Woah - you're his mum, you raised this boy and I assume he's living in your house?
If you think he's being duplicitous with a girl, especially one who you have a relationship with you are well within your rights to give him your opinion.
At the very least you are 'allowed' to tell him that you won't be part of any deceit. It is shitty being unfaithful and somebody needs to call him on it. Jeez if you can't get honesty from your mum, where can you?
I think I would try talking to him again. Say, ok I don’t know if I misheard you or not. But if I didn’t, if you want to be with other people then please finish with your girlfriend, it’s not fair on her. It’s ok to feel the relationships over, it’s not ok to cheat. Please don’t do to her what your father did to me.
I have to say you seem a bit... wet...
I tried speaking to him this morning, only to be met with “What... When? What conversation?”
The only response to that (IMO) is “don’t try that crap with me - I heard you, I remember it clearly so cut the shit and talk. I’m not having that behaviour in my house so WHAT IS GOING ON?”
I’d make it clear that I’m not colluding with him or lying for him and that he doesn’t get to be unfaithful with your knowledge.
If he’s stupid enough not to hide it then he can deal with the consequences.
Weird that people are saying if he is cheating it's fine because the girlfriend is intense 🤦♀️ I would just be upfront with him OP, it's hardly an intrusion given he chose to have the conversation right in front of you.
Definitely have another conversation, he is the one that should be feeling awkward not you. Just make it clear that it was obvious he was talking to another girl and if he is thinking of or has been unfaithful then he needs to decide if he actually wants to be with his gf. Being young is not an excuse for being unfaithful. Be blunt with him he might open up them.
Weird that people are saying if he is cheating it's fine because the girlfriend is intense
Sorry @aSofaNearYou I can't see where anyone has said that?
I think cheating is a thing once you commit to someone They're not married, not living together. Not that big a deal at their age.
Sorry for the late reply.
@LockedInMadness I wouldn’t say that I am involved in his love life, I think that’s a little farfetched 😳. What I heard yesterday is something that I just can’t forget, and like I said before, I do not have an issue with her texting me... or should I?
@aSofaNearYou I hope he is not cheating.
@AnyFucker I am nervous, I just don’t know why though.
@pumpkinpie01 I will have another chat with him, because it’s still on my mind.
If I heard my DS say that on the phone I would've said to him breezily afterwards, "Oi, youare not single mate, make sure you let xx down gently before moving on..don't be disrespectful" blah blah blah.
I'd have probably said this too- infact I'd still say it- if your speaking to his Gf everyday it put you in the position of 'why didn't you tell me!?' when he's caught and having to lie to the girl.
He's also 18, so try not to worry about him being like his Dad in that respect, you sound a bit concerned about that?
I would have just asked him at the time? Honestly he's 18 and it's unlikely he will still be with the same girl forever. Whilst it's not nice if he is cheating I don't think you should get too attached to his girlfriend as it's likely they won't be together this time next year. I know some people stay together but most don't.
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