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Because the woman you’re living with shows no interest in improving the quality of the relationship, wanting to leave does not make you a bad person. You will have to accept that because the children depend upon you for certain things, they will be affected by your departure. It’s too bad you didn’t consider that before moving in with someone who had a family.
Try to make the breakup as civil as possible. Before you go, talk to each of the children individually. Make it clear that they are not the reason the relationship is ending and that you will always care about them. That way, they won’t think they did something bad and blame themselves.Lazy boyfriend DEAR ABBY: My only daughter, “Claire,” who is 25, has always had a strong work ethic. Her boyfriend “Charles” has never held a job, either during college or in the year and a half he has been out of school. They were living with his parents until Claire accepted a one-year job overseas. Charles followed.
Listen to your head. When Claire returns, let her know that she and her fiance will be paying for the wedding. It will be an introduction to the financial realities she and her husband will encounter after their marriage. Later on, when they’re considering buying a home, you can give them the money that might have been spent on the wedding as part of their down payment — if they are still together.No time for friends DEAR ABBY:
Is it possible that your feelings are temporary and that you are simply overwhelmed by the demands of your new business? If so, I’d hate to see you end friendships with people you love. Relationships don’t always remain at the same level or have the same intensity. Rather than cut the people off entirely, explain that you can’t be as available because you have a new business and don’t have the time. It would be kinder.© Universal Uclick 7/19