I am insecure about her ex-husband……

by Rod Smith

“I am involved with a woman I have known since our early teens. She was married and got divorced. She has two children and I love them all very much. My relationships (with them) are fine but I feel great insecurity about her ex-husband. I tell myself that I must be better and bigger. I don’t think this is healthy. What can I do to make the feelings go away? What can my partner do to help?” (Letter edited)

Rod’s response: Insecurity is both pervasive and generic. It will rear its head whenever its host is threatened or challenged. I’d guess you’ve had similar feelings stirring within you long before you became romantically involved.

Your partner can do nothing since your feelings are your business. Don’t try to make them her business. This is not about her ex-husband.

While you compete with her former husband, your new family (if you marry) will not know you for who you are. I challenge you to establish your unique approach to love and parenting without reference to the man with whom you may share parenting responsibilities.

Your feelings will not go away until you appreciate your unique contribution to the children and their mother, a role which, at its best, will compliment the ex-husband’s role with his children.

One Comment to “I am insecure about her ex-husband……”

  1. Rod is right – insecurity over past partners is extremely common, and it is *your* insecurity that is the issue. I recently received virtually the same question. Here is my response.

    Andrew McAllister (“To Love, Honor and Dismay”)

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