Saturday, July 24, 2010 / Labels: love tip of the month
I just found out that my wife is having an affair with our son's girlfriend’s father (he is also married). I am worried on so many different levels.
What should I do?
I’m sorry to hear of this trouble. Certainly this must be a very hard time for you. Coping with infidelity is a complex issue that can be dealt with in different ways by everyone. Your objective right now may be to end your relationship with your wife, or it could be that you want to find a way to work things out with her. The choice is yours. However, I would like you to keep a few things in mind.
#1. You must confront her about the affair. Please don’t sweep this under the rug and deny its existence. This is will only cause you to repress a lot of resentment and anger, which will either explode out of you at some point, or you will end up making yourself sick for bottling up all of this negative energy.
#2. Don’t blame yourself. While it’s true that you must be having some sort of problems in your relationship, your wife made the poor decision of finding love (or maybe just lust) somewhere else before either trying to resolve things with you, or breaking off the relationship.
#3. Don’t get your son or his girlfriend involved. You may at some point need to be honest with them about this situation, but I would avoid getting them involved at all costs. If your son’s girlfriend’s father wants to tell her the truth, then let him make that decision. I would probably not approach your son’s girlfriend’s wife, either. It may be tempting to gain “power in numbers”, but it could also escalate this situation out of your control.
Best of luck to you. It won’t be easy, but time heals all. Try to keep a level head, and eventually things will work out.
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Tell me what you think...did I miss anything? Do you have your own techniques?
Friday, April 16, 2010 / Labels: instant love advice
Finally, my new book Instant Love Advice for Women is available on amazon.com. There's been a lot of hard work and anxiety up until this point, but I am thrilled that it is finally available to the masses (masses = amazon availability, 'natch...)
I apologize for the product inundation the past couple of days, but I am trying to get used to the "sales" aspect of writing...which I absolutely detest.
If you do buy the book, please don't hesitate to post a review on amazon, good or bad. Also, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com and let me know what I got right, and what I missed!
Hope to meet you soon,
I have a very dear friend who has been dating a man for five years. He was married when they met. They were together as teens, but her mother broke them up. She waited for 5 years for this man to divorce his wife. He didn't. His wife divorced him. Now she's waiting patiently for him to get his act together and find a place to live, finish some projects he started at her home and decide when to marry her. It's never going to happen, in my opinion and if it does he will never make her happy because he drinks from the minute he wakes until he passes out at night. What could she be thinking? How can I make her see that he will ruin her life?
This is another one of those situations where unfortunately you just have to stay out of it. The bad news about this situation is its inevitable “bad ending”. The good news is that hopefully it’s only a matter of time before your friend sees the light. The worst news is that there is no way you can personally make her see what she’s doing. She had to find out for herself.
I always encourage people to be honest with their friends when they’re in a bad relationship. By all means, let your friend know the truth. But if it looks as though it’s going in one ear and out the other, don’t waste your breath – save the oxygen for the deep breaths you’ll need to calm yourself down in the future.
Unfortunately, your friendship may suffer because of this unhealthy relationship she has with this man. You may find that it’s best for you to keep a distance from your friend while she comes to her senses (or not). If you do decide to part ways, it won’t necessarily be a bad thing. If she doesn’t realize her mistakes, you’ll save yourself a whole lot of grief. If she does, then she’ll realize you were right all along, and want to rekindle your friendship.
Hang in there. Friends who make really poor decisions tend to drag us down emotionally and spiritually. Keep your focus on the positive things in your life, and try not to be brought down by your friend, even though it’s because you care about her so much.
Got more questions? Email me at: Lisa@instantloveadvice.com.
Monday, April 12, 2010 / Labels: instant love advice
I'm also working on the ILA4W website, located at www.instantloveadvice.com. It's still in limbo at the moment, but will be neatened up soon.
Stop by and check it out when you have a chance...maybe even reserve your copy! : )
Thanks to all who helped me write this, including my boyfriend Matt - who has helped me not only in my writing career, but in the rest of my life too. He helped me develop the relationship maturity that I needed to write this book.
Relationships do turn out well; marriages do work. Besides the regular “love”, the two reasons why our marriage works is that we decided long ago that we were “best friends” and we made a “this is it” commitment. Of course we have arguments and disagreements and get angry at each other. Even after all of this time, it is sometimes a daily task to work through whatever needs to be resolved. My husband talks FOREVER; I have learned to ask for the “short version”! I have never “forgiven” him for eating ALL of the leftover chicken himself before I got home from work one day in 1999. But our basic values and common interests are the same, and we laugh much more than we argue. Our wedding anniversary is September 11; I wrote this little story several years ago and post it on my blog every year. How do we do it? Being together is much better than being apart.
September 11, 1998.
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