My partner is refusing to move in with me and our kids for Christmas

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner is refusing to move in with me and our kids for Christmas because he says my house is too small.

We have been together for five years and have two kids, aged four and 18 months. I am 29 and my partner is 34.

He rents a room in his mate’s house 20 miles away, as he doesn’t like the town where I live.

He wants me to get a bigger house near to where he lives now before he will move in.

But my mum helps with the kids and I need to be close to her.

The kids want their dad but I can only see our relationship working if we live together.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Ask him at least to stay tonight so the children get to see their dad on Christmas morning.

But is the house the real issue? Is he backing away from commitment?

Don’t move without being certain that will work.

If he convinces you he wants to be together, could you move halfway between?

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