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Hey all,

The latest development is that I have gotten in touch with my anger. The love for my H is still there (this morning he called me his ex-partner for the first time) but I am so mad. He has been moving out this weekend, taking things that aren't his to take without asking.

Acting SO FINAL about this, like "when I'm in a new relationship are you going to still think we can work things out?" ad wanting to just write me a cheque and be done with all our "arguing".


I get his need for space but today he said it's the reason for the breakup (reason # 7 at least) -- he never felt like he could have his own space in our home. Why didn't he ever ask?!!!!?

And he's moved into a communal house where there are shared suppers and so it's all cozy and homelike, and he says he can't take our daughter to school tomorrow morning (it the only childcare/contact he's had with her in three weeks) because supper at the new house is served early and so he wants to go to work early.

Talk about putting your new life first, over your daughter. I am SO ANGRY.

Why is he doing this?

I have probably gone about things wrong, by being honest with him about my belief in reconciliation.

How do I do a 180 with kids? It seems impossible to have no contact.
 

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A total 180 with kids is not really possible unless you go to a situation where there is a neutral place (like daycare, school, etc.) where one parent drops off and the other picks up.

It sounds like he's acting like a teenager moving away from home for the first time. Don't expect him to say things that make sense. Of course you never heard about his need for space before -- he's thinking up new reasons all the time. Expect to hear more new reasons, too. It's part of the script, I'm afraid.

Get to a lawyer and start protecting yourself from him taking things that aren't specifically his. Personal items that have any kind of value should be put where he can't get to them.

Unfortunately for you and your (probable) desire to make him know what he's missing, living with a 'family' is going to make that a little harder to achieve. He's getting that need met by them.

Now you know that you've reached the point where it isn't going to benefit you to keep telling him how you feel, or what you were hoping for your relationship. You know you were honest with him. Don't regret that.

But now, it's time to give him what he wants, and let your anger carry you forward. Even if you have to see him, you can keep the personal contact to a minimum. Refrain from telling him ANYTHING about your personal life. Don't ask anything about his. Talk strictly about your child and your divorce. Don't be angry, but don't be overly nice, either. Just calm and as cordial as you'd be to a store clerk. You might have to fake it at first, but eventually, you won't be faking it anymore. You really won't care to know about him, or to share yourself with him.

You can't make him a better father, so be the best mom you can.
 

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A total 180 with kids is not really possible unless you go to a situation where there is a neutral place (like daycare, school, etc.) where one parent drops off and the other picks up.

This is what i did, I stopped having my STBXW coming into our house, I make sure the door is locked so she cant just walk-in.I started doing exchanges in parking lots, this has gotten her emotional a few times. And I ALWAYS keep it about the kids.


It sounds like he's acting like a teenager moving away from home for the first time. Don't expect him to say things that make sense. Of course you never heard about his need for space before -- he's thinking up new reasons all the time. Expect to hear more new reasons, too. It's part of the script, I'm afraid.

Believe nothing of what they say and less of what they do. They will speak in infinitives (always, never, etc.) Just ignore it and them do not get sucked in. They are not themselves now.

Get to a lawyer and start protecting yourself from him taking things that aren't specifically his. Personal items that have any kind of value should be put where he can't get to them.

Unfortunately for you and your (probable) desire to make him know what he's missing, living with a 'family' is going to make that a little harder to achieve. He's getting that need met by them.

Now you know that you've reached the point where it isn't going to benefit you to keep telling him how you feel, or what you were hoping for your relationship. You know you were honest with him. Don't regret that.

But now, it's time to give him what he wants, and let your anger carry you forward. Even if you have to see him, you can keep the personal contact to a minimum. Refrain from telling him ANYTHING about your personal life. Don't ask anything about his. Talk strictly about your child and your divorce. Don't be angry, but don't be overly nice, either. Just calm and as cordial as you'd be to a store clerk. You might have to fake it at first, but eventually, you won't be faking it anymore. You really won't care to know about him, or to share yourself with him.

You need to dissapear for a while, go away, plan a vacation, make sure your social websites do not disclose what your are doing. Get your own bank account. You must dissappear, or appear to have, this is so he can miss you and you can work on getting over him. Act happy, indifferent, and agree with him. give him what he wants.

You can't make him a better father, so be the best mom you can.

This is soo true, be the best mom. For men this makes us a little jealous, it becomes a cometition and it pulls us towards women becuase we want to do it but better. PLus it is a win win for your children and you.
 

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Lusy , he is saying/doing this things because he is confused and most important INSECURE !

Don't buy it ! Don't believe a word he say ! Don't listen !

Go dark completely ! Have family members exchange the kids with him !

Do NOT answer any of his e-mails, texts , calls etc !

One day you have to meet him for something !

Here I'll tell you what a men mostly HATE in communication with woman ! If you teach you self like this you'll kill him !

It is how you LOOK at him ! Look at him as he is a rat , or like your shoes just after you walk on dog s!it , like he is the most disgusting piece on the earth !

Don't talk allot, just answer with Yes or No but watch him with that look , that you just gonna puke because of him .

The result will be stunning !
 

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Go dark completely ! Have family members exchange the kids with him !
This is a great idea, for the first month of kid exchanges my STBXW would have her mom or sister do her dirty work. I think it is time i reverse the roles, and give her a taste of her own medicine!
 

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This is a great idea, for the first few month of kid exchnages my STBXW would have her mom or sister do her dirty work. I think it is time i reverse the roles, and give her a taste of her own medicine!
She did that to you ? You know why she did it ;)

Lemme tell you then by my experience what woman hate in a conversation !

Woman hate when they talk that you don't pay attention to them !

The killer one is - as soon as she starts talking , you go ahead and check you phone for texts !
I used this on 8 different woman for the last 3 weeks and the results are fantastic ( last weekend did that on my GF and almost got a slap on my face hahaha ) !
 

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She did that to you ? You know why she did it ;)

Lemme tell you then by my experience what woman hate in a conversation !

Woman hate when they talk that you don't pay attention to them !

The killer one is - as soon as she starts talking , you go ahead and check you phone for texts !
I used this on 8 different woman for the last 3 weeks and the results are fantastic ( last weekend did that on my GF and almost got a slap on my face hahaha ) !
Yes, she did not want to see me after the very first exchange, she was crying and it was too hard for her to do it. Chicken sh*!

On our last exchange my STBXW even stated that i dont listen to her, because she was talking and i was paying soo much attention to the kids.
 

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Yes, she did not want to see me after the very first exchange, she was crying and it was too hard for her to do it. Chicken sh*!

On our last exchange my STBXW even stated that i dont listen to her, because she was talking and i was paying soo much attention to the kids.
Paying attention to the kids = reason , you love your kids and it is normal you pay attention to them!

But checking your text messages while she is talking is a different thing ;)
 

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Paying attention to the kids = reason , you love your kids and it is normal you pay attention to them!

But checking your text messages while she is talking is a different thing ;)
Maybe the next time i see her i will make sure to have my SIL blow up my cell with texts! That would get the STBX fired up
 

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Maybe the next time i see her i will make sure to have my SIL blow up my cell with texts! That would get the STBX fired up

GREAT idea ! You need 1 or 2 only ! This is to show your STBX you doesn't give a damn s!&t about her and what she is saying - ie you moved on !

Do it and tell me how it was ;)
 

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GREAT idea ! You need 1 or 2 only ! This is to show your STBX you doesn't give a damn s!&t about her and what she is saying - ie you moved on !

Do it and tell me how it was ;)
For sure i think between that and the having my mom or family do the kid exchange sends a message that i dont care about her. :smthumbup:
 

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For sure i think between that and the having my mom or family do the kid exchange sends a message that i dont care about her. :smthumbup:

Yes, that way she'll start to realize she is losing you !

As soon as she gets that feeling fasten you seat belt , single live wont be attractive anymore .

Good luck and stay on course :smthumbup:
 

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Well the day is done and I feel much less like screaming and pulling all my hair out.

Yes, he is acting like a teenager. But angel, I think I always will care about him.

No, I don't have relatives here to help with pick up or drop off.

But I did write him an email today explaining that our exchanges were getting too heated and that we needed to stick to email and phone for arrangements regarding our daughter. I went on a little about other stuff that most of you will probably think is too giving and open, but I think I have a philosophy about this whole thing:

Kill him with kindness. It breaks my heart to be distant and civil rather than telling him how much I believe in us. But I understand that I need to try that. Still, the kindness will come through in the letters I'm going to write him, in the present I'm still planning on making him for our 6th anniversary in two weeks time.

I'm not crumbling yet - I feel like I have too much love in me to do that.

I have been in touch with a family justice mediator and will plan to meet him first, then see if the H is willing to go.

I should also add that he has wanted to have our daughter more, but until Sat. he was couchsurfing and I've been reluctant to let her go over to the new place yet. So it's not like he's not trying, he's just not communicating to me.

Also one more thought on the 180 - I'm afraid that he's so insecure at the root of all this, combined with a very fatalistic personality (what will be, will be, just make the best of it, etc.) that if I turn around completely and act like I don't want or need him and have moved on, he'll just think, oh well, I guess that's for the best.

Why is our society so supportive of the "I guess it didn't work out" mentality?

It's infuriating. Time for a hot bath I think.
 

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Lucy, it's not just that society is accepting of that mentality. It's that you can't force your spouse to change their mentality. There have been many on here, yours truly included, that did what you're planning to do. I never heard of the 180 til long after I gave up and moved out on my own. We had an in-house separation for 7 months (with the exception of a month or two when he was in and out, spending time in his office/bachelor pad having fun and entertaining), and I did everything I could not to push him away. I also felt like it was up to me to not screw up and drive him away. It didn't matter. He was on his way out. All I did was make it much more excruciating for myself, and make it easier on him. If you surf through TAM long enough, you'll find others who did the same thing. They were bound and determined to show their love and not be cold or mean.

Nobody can stop you from what you choose to do, Lucy. But go into it with your eyes wide open, and with the realization that it may not work -- not that you just need to keep trying even harder -- that you didn't do enough to show your love and kindness.
 

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Angel, I can't imagine spending seven months in the same house with this dude. I am glad he moved out. I am pacing myself with regards to my letters to him. I just feel bipolar about it - one day full of love, the next, anger. I know that love can win out and that I'll be better off regardless of how things go with him. I don't want to end this all bitter and resentful.

Now that he's gone I can see things clearly, it's amazing. I'm almost feeling grateful he's done this - it gives us a chance to see things in a whole new light together. Of course, that hinges on his involvement, which I can't force. But I know he has it in him. More importantly, I have it in me. This process will make me a better person regardless of him. Cause if I can extend this love to him, I can do it for another person in the future, too.

In the end, I'd rather be proud of myself and strong and full of love, and disappointed in him for his inability to give us a chance, voice his needs, and be present with our marriage, than pissed off, confused and hurt.

I've never felt so ready for this work.

(In the back of my mind I'm thinking I'll give this six months, but who knows how I'll feel later...)
 

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Lucy, he NEEDS to figure this out on his own. I cannot stress this enuff. Having been on both sides of the fence i know this is true. You must ignore him. He will respect you for this. Time is on your side. He knows u love him that is the problem, he needs to know what life will be like without you.

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Hey all,

The latest development is that I have gotten in touch with my anger. The love for my H is still there (this morning he called me his ex-partner for the first time) but I am so mad. He has been moving out this weekend, taking things that aren't his to take without asking.

Acting SO FINAL about this, like "when I'm in a new relationship are you going to still think we can work things out?" ad wanting to just write me a cheque and be done with all our "arguing".


I get his need for space but today he said it's the reason for the breakup (reason # 7 at least) -- he never felt like he could have his own space in our home. Why didn't he ever ask?!!!!?

And he's moved into a communal house where there are shared suppers and so it's all cozy and homelike, and he says he can't take our daughter to school tomorrow morning (it the only childcare/contact he's had with her in three weeks) because supper at the new house is served early and so he wants to go to work early.

Talk about putting your new life first, over your daughter. I am SO ANGRY.

Why is he doing this?

I have probably gone about things wrong, by being honest with him about my belief in reconciliation.

How do I do a 180 with kids? It seems impossible to have no contact.


Space is prolly the biggest thing that drove mine away.
Girls just don't seem to need much of it. Every girl I've ever been with has never needed it but for us males,well me , it's sanity.
She seemed to thrive on fuss , everything somehow had to be said , lots , to get it done . She could stay squashed up on the couch all night, bumping into me all over the house or bathroom , it just didn't worry her .
She seemed to love all the talk it took to get the tiniest thing done where as alone l'd just do it - done.
She didn't mind me around while she was watching some show but l like to be left to mine, she'd talk all through dv's, shows.
l like some time to wake up or when l get home long day, she seemed to love bs'ing on when she'd just got in even after a hell day , or just woken up , she could talk and bump into me 24/7 really
So it's a weird thing between two people . lf l get some space l bounce back happily and love people round but if l don't get it l get sh$tty but she always took it as distant and wanting to be away from her.

My daughter had a big bike ride today and she made it all the way .
She was so proud she text me to tell me , L was gonna ring her later tonight to see how it went.
what would've been all fun talk after her day and all about her ride , back and forth all night in the same house , is now a text and phone calls and then the dreading " ahwell we better get of l spose " She's like orrr , why ?
Or last night - she says good night and then said - ohwell l guess l'll see you around hey dad.
l cried for 2hrs after that . How do l explain this bs , why it is , has to be , from one person = who seems oblivious to this stuff.

PS , personally l don't think much of the 180 . lt doesn;t get anyone back , my previous girlfriend pretty well did it back then but all it did was make it easier for me to get out that door after really. lt didn't change my mind and me doing it hasn't changed my wifes mind now either.
Personally l reckon who gives a damn if she's impressed with me at this stage but hey not enough to come and hekp fix our marridge.
Yeah it helps you deal with stuff but you'll be doing that anyway so really , l reackon it's highly over rated myself.
 

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Mine use to say - oh well we are separated so - , 2 wks after hitting me with it , after 18yrs - as if she was just changing clothes .

Her new life is much lonelier than our old life too , like yours actually not even having space now anyway. Pretty sure they just go MAD.
 

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personally l don't think much of the 180 . lt doesn;t get anyone back

180 is NOT to get ANYONE back !!!

It is to help you with the transition and to make you a better person !

The end result , after you changed , became a better and stronger person , removed your bad habits and behavior , became more confident etc may result in a attraction from your X , however , doing 180 should EXCLUDE any thoughts about getting back with the loved ones !

Sooner you understand that , better for you !
 
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