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Hey Shannon! Relationship Question for November 12, 2013

I have been seeing my boyfriend for almost three years. He has three children by his remarried ex-wife. Their relationship seems abnormal to me. Any time she asks him to do anything, he does it "for the kids." If he asks her for anything, she complains about it, even if it is for the kids. He has told me that his kids and his ex-wife are number one to him. He talks to her with respect, but in the same conversation with me, he gets an attitude and raises his voice. He has taken his ex-wife's side when I have tried to help, and his ex-wife thinks I’m trying to tell her how to be a parent. I love him but I don't know how I can keep dealing with all this. Would it just be easier to leave it all?
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"I have been seeing my boyfriend for almost three years. He has three children by his remarried ex-wife. Their relationship seems abnormal to me. Any time she asks him to do anything, he does it "for the kids." If he asks her for anything, she complains about it, even if it is for the kids. He has told me that his kids and his ex-wife are number one to him. He talks to her with respect, but in the same conversation with me, he gets an attitude and raises his voice. He has taken his ex-wife's side when I have tried to help, and his ex-wife thinks I’m trying to tell her how to be a parent. I love him but I don't know how I can keep dealing with all this. Would it just be easier to leave it all?"


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