DEAR DEIDRE: MY boyfriend’s son is driving us apart with his bad behaviour.
I met my boyfriend on a dating app three years ago, and he was quick to mention that he was a single dad to his son, now seven.
From the start his little boy came across as loud and confident, which I thought was endearing.
We seemed to get on well and he made an effort to chat with me when I asked him about school or what he was up to. I’m 39, and his dad is 40.
But last year, when we all moved in together, I quickly caught on to how manipulative he really was.
He would scream and turn aggressive when he didn’t get his own way.
To avoid these outbursts, my partner gave in a lot – whether it was letting him stay up until 11pm, or eat junk food for every meal.
My partner and I have been arguing daily and I’m considering leaving him because I can’t deal with this stress.
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DEIDRE SAYS: It may be that your partner’s son is struggling with the idea he has to share his father’s attention.
Set aside an evening a week for a special “boys’ night in” so your partner and his son can have quality time together.
This will reassure him that he’s not being replaced.
But you also need to work on your relationship.
Relate’s experts will be able to help you discuss these issues more calmly. See relate.org.uk.
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