DEAR DEIDRE: I THREW out my cheating boyfriend and don’t know how to tell my children.
I am 30 and for the past two years I have been living with a guy who is now 38. Last week, I caught him cheating on me for the second time.
He promised he’d never do it again, but I can’t risk being hurt for a third time, so I asked him to move out.
My children have started asking where he’s gone and I don’t know what to say. For all his faults, he’s been like a dad to them.
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How can I tell them why he won’t be living with us any more? And how can I move on from this?
DEIDRE SAYS: It’s best to be honest and make it very clear it has nothing to do with them.
Tell them that, sometimes, grown-ups decide they no longer want to be together.
Explain you will be happier as a family without him.
My support pack, Worried About Mum And Dad, may help you (even though he’s not their dad).
If you need to talk about your feelings, contact Supportline (supportline.org.uk, 01708 765 200) which provides confidential emotional support.
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