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"He usually either snaps at me and rips me to shreds, leaving me feeling horrible. Then he’s nice again. Or I walk on eggshells hoping he’ll get over it. Because I can’t handle another personal attack. But this time I couldn’t handle going through that again after 3 days of tip-toeing around. So I packed up the kids and went to my parents. For so long, I’ve been so unhappy. But now I’ve got a chance to change everything. I don’t know that I can! Like leaving our family home empty, or him and them not seeing each other every day, or my kids having to start at a new school. It’s so much easier, in a daydream than in reality."
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"If he is not willing to conversate with and respect you enough to resolve (whatever) issues you two may have, then why should you try? I wouldn’t stick around, the kids are being taught this is acceptable behavior in a relationship, you’re showing them this is a “loving” place when in fact, it is not. Don’t stay!!!"
"He is abusive and if not for yourself stay away for the safety of your children"
"Don't stay, may not be physical abuse but it’s still abuse"
"If your not happy and haven’t been, do you think your kids don’t see that it’s not a happy home? They probably sense it. Sometimes what makes a happy family is for your kids to have to separate happy homes"
"You got this day by day. You need to be happy and respect yourself enough to know that it’s not healthy for you or those children to be living in fear. Just think you’re out now it’s time to heal and get that backbone you once had."
"You have to do what's best for you and your family. Be strong."
"Make the changes that you need to to free yourself, and your children, from being stuck in a loveless marriage. It will be well worth it in the long run. Get an attorney right away to protect your rights. Take his advice on how to handle your separation and divorce. If your husband promises to change, if you return, don’t believe him. He won’t."
"You’ve got this. I spent 12 years unhappy and living the same situation as you. I dreaded leaving worried about how I would do it alone. Here I am 2 years later and making it. It’s rough sometimes with three kids, but girl do it. The kids will be happy to see you happy! It’s an adjustment for sure but you can do it!"
"You’ve already made the biggest step, don’t stop moving forward now!"
"Keep going forward! Do not go back!"
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