and the truth shall set you free?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Jena, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I forgot - had a slight emergency here - and really I just forgot, but it seems it's going okay - don't ya think?

    You get in a phonebook tomorrow and it will be going a lot better - right? (nahhhhhhhh---fingers in ears..lalalal I can't hear you)
  2. ForeverSpring

    ForeverSpring Well-Known Member hard as it is for husband to not get attention...exactly how does he expect you to give him attention???? The reality is, you have a sick child right now. Not saying he's a bad guy, but what if she had a chronic disease that he could understand better and you needed to attend to her all the time for now? Would he still be this needy?

    There are times in all relationships when the kids have to come first and the other person has to realize it. What are you supposed to do when difficult child is screaming??
  3. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    Jen, I'm glad you and he had that talk. A lot needed to be said and I'm glad you both ere able to say it and also to hear one another.

    Ongoing things you have to deal with (and probably accept) -

    1) Ex is going to keep on as she is. She has no need to change. He is in the habit with her of giving way and gelling her stuff, habits like that are hard to break especially if you don't know why. So I think you need to accept that he will continue to talk and text her, and to tell her stuff he shouldn't. You need to keep your cool, stay open and relaxed about it and then he is more likely to be open with you about what he has said. And you at least will be informed and not feeling so much like a mushroom.

    2) You need to not try to control him so much. If you have to keep a tight leash, you will never know if he stays by your side simply because he can't shake his collar loose. When he stays by your side without benefit of leash and collar, you know he is yours. You both need to work on your insecurities and learn to be honest and open with one another. This is something you need to work on every minute of every day, and lately difficult child has totally distracted you, made you needier and more insecure as well as added to your burdens. You can vent here; he vents with other people. And he doesn't vent in healthy ways. You can work on you, but don't make it competition with him. "I'm trying real hard, he hasn't changed a bit. Why should I bother?" Don't do that. Just put one foot in front of the other each day, keep walking in the right direction.

    3) Things have changed for the worse thanks to your kids. He's not well equipped to handle that. Who would be? But at least they are YOUR kids, you have tat reason to fight on. It's more difficult for him. yes, he knew about it but didn't bargain on it getting this bad. Your feelings have changed - right now you're tired and stressed, feelings do shift and wobble and a long-term relationship is generally worth fighting for.

    Hang in there. Hopefully the therapist will follow through.

  4. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I think it's great that the two of you were able to explain your feelings to one another. That's a huge step forward for you both....being able to share and truly "hear" the perceptions of your spouse is hugely valuable. Many of us having working marriages where we basically have to guess what our spouse is thinking, sad to say. Your husband did not have to take that important step. I think it shows that your marriage may be doable. Good job! DDD