Co-parenting after infidelity is not easy but the repercussions are painful and long-lasting. Learn how to move on effectively here.
Lust may be an obvious reason for cheating, but there are countless others including issues with intimacy or a need to prove one’s desirability. When children come onto the scene they can rob parents of not only time and sleep, but also their ability to nourish the other parts of who they are. An underacknowledged factor, particularly for women, is the feeling that marriage and parenthood has cost them their identity.
Another common occurrence is when fathers of very young children look for sex outside the home to distract from the fear that they aren’t significant inside the home. It is common for a man to not know how to connect or support his wife once she becomes a mother or even resent the attention she now gives to their child that once went to him.
An online survey of 822 adults whose parents had committed infidelity, mostly when the respondents were young, found that 88% of them were angered or hurt by the affair, 76% felt personally betrayed and 73% said their own romantic relationships as adults were impacted.
Infidelity is a difficult thing to deal with, especially when it ends your marriage and you still have to have a relationship with that person because of children. It can lead to:
Separating your own relationship with your ex and your children's relationship from them is crucial in order for all of you to move on.
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