Is "just" being un happy a good reason to separate? :((26 Posts)
I have been with my husband for 10 years, married for 6. I have 2 sons with him and my eldest son from a previous relationship.
In the last 4 ish years my dh has treated my eldest son very coldly and at times been down right mean to him. We've struggled back and forth, been to counselling and lots of promise of change that never happens. I resent my husband for this situation and I am fiercely protective of my eldest son. He is a good Dad and he is also a good man, which makes the difficult relationship with his step son even harder to understand
We are really lacking in intimacy which I find very hard, we don't talk much and I have lost all desire to confide or talk about anything with him anymore. We just bumble along, some tense periods, some happy, mostly just functional.
So is being un happy most of the time a good enough reason to leave?
How could I justify it to my children - oh Mum just feels a bit un happy so Dad has to leave.
I think about us separating a lot, looking at places I could live with the kids, what I could afford to do, whether my eldest son would be happier, would my other sons be un happy. What do I do if my husband won't work to make things better? I sometimes wonder whether he wants the same but isn't going to be the one who ends it.
I feel trapped and don't know what to do for the best for me and for the kids
I would be more likely to leave if my child was unhappy than if I was. For me it was being repeatedly betrayed that did it, rather than unhappiness.
I agree him making my eldest son un happy does feel like a good enough reason. Then I wonder if making the other 2 un happy justifies the cause.
I'm just afraid of making the wrong decision and the repercussions. The only thing I know for sure at the moment is a want more from life, I feel lonelier when I'm with him than when he's not around.
That's a pretty shitty situation you find yourself in.
I think like the poster above says, I'd be more inclined to leave for the sake of my kids happiness than my own. But is his problem your OH or would your eldest have issues with anyone you were with?
He isn't a good Dad or a good man OP. He's isolating your son by his behaviour towards him. In short he is a bully.
The best thing is to leave him.
You don't say "oh Mum felt a bit unhappy so left Dad"
You first talk to your eldest son and tell him that his step Dad's behaviour towards him is not good enough and it's not what YOU want...tell him that you can't respect a man who acts that way.
The younger kids...depends on their ages.
No my son is very calm, well behaved and hasn't done anything to justify the treatment. In fact my husband has no idea what a nightmare child looks like!
My husband behaviour is cold, un loving and very negative. Doesn't make any conversation with him and is irritated by him. He isn't like that with the other 2, he looses his temper a little too quickly but is warm and loving. Which makes it all the worse for my eldest.
My eldest copes with it well and tells me he doesn't care anymore - which I know can't be true.
watching the OP didn't say her eldest had "issues" with his step Dad. She said the Step Dad is mean to her son!
In the last 4 ish years my dh has treated my eldest son very coldly and at times been down right mean to him
That's pretty clear to me!
I always remember seeing a couple at a bus stop. They were both white and they had their three kids with them. Their oldest son was black whilst the toddlers were white.
They all called the couple Mum and Dad.
The "Dad" was for the half hour we were there awful to the oldest boy. He pushed him away and said mean things to him. His face was a picture of DEVESTATION and the Mother...she just sat there like a stupid cow with this awful bland expression on her face while her son was picked on.
I wanted to shout at that man and to advise the Mother.
OP leave. Protect your son! How old is your oldest?
I think because I've been over protective of my eldest I've created resentment. However the resentment is aimed at my son instead of me!
Eldest is 13, middle 8 and youngest 2.
I do fiercely protect him and over the years this has made my husband worse if anything not better.
As I say we've been to counselling, I've told him it has to change or I will leave him, we make plans of how he can make in roads with my son, we've talked it to death. It just never turns into actions - or ones that last more than a few weeks and it breaks my heart all over again.
Your partner is not a child. He should be able to process your parenting style no matter HOW over protective. Without taking his babyish jealousy out on your child.
You should not HAVE to "fiercly protect him" OP. You should feel confident that everyone in the household loves him and wants the best for him.
Leave. What are your living arrangements? Do you rent or own?
I used to step in all the time when he was trying to discipline him, take over etc
Mainly cause I disagreed with him! Which I know hasn't helped. So for the last few years I've tried really hard to give a united front and not comment in front of my son even if it half kills me.
They actually have very little interaction other than my husband telling him clean up, do this, do that, turn down your TV etc
They have 0 small talk, chat, warmth. It's not nice to be around and makes me tense.
I know while I feel like this I can never be happy with him cause it makes me hate him.
We rent, we have 4 months left on this lease and if I'm doing it I then I feel maybe now is the time.
I want some time apart to really work out how we all feel when he isn't around but practically because of child care arrangements, my job and where we live it would be very difficult to sort out.
He has very little contact with his biological Dad. He has some mental health issues and I think the best they will ever have is friends when my son grows up as they just can't bond.
I was a single parent with my eldest for 3 years, I'm not afraid of being on my own with my boys.
I'm afraid of making the wrong choice! I think the reality is I can't separate my feelings about my son from my feelings for my husband. While he treats him cold I won't ever be happy with him.
And so if I know that - then the decision is made really isn't it.
My best friend told me if I still love him then I should try to make it work :/
There is a thread in relationships that is very similar. Please leave. Your DS deserves better and all of your DC will be learning that this is acceptable behaviour and may copy it in future.
You sound very strong OP....your best friend's advice was poor though. Some women would rather see their child bullied than face being alone unfortunately.
I think you can't love your husband whilst he is rejecting your son.
I actually think you have very good reason to leave, the atmosphere in the family isn't positive and that won't be good for the other boys.
Your boys are golden boys and your eldest is the scapegoat.To help you make a decision why not see a counsellor and ask them for the impact on your children.It will give you the strength you need.
There was a similar dynamic between my M&D and bro. There were clearly relationship issues before my brother arrived but I think as a fellow male when he got older my dad saw DB as a threat and equally my mum leant on him for male support that was lacking from my dad. He became a piggy in the middle and even after the split it still affects their relationship even now. It's very unfair on the child, I wouldn't have handled it as well as my brother has if I'd been the recipient.
I've decided that after half term I'm going to ask him to move out for a while. I can't un tangle all my feelings while he's here, can't work out how the kids will react, how I really feel about him. I'm hoping this will give me some perspective once I'm out of the day to day viscous circle we are in!
Good step forward.Your h has a choice how to behave so it's up to him if the relationship survives.
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