My son wants to know who his dad is and I don't know what to tell him
DEAR DEIDRE: MY son is at the age when he’s going to ask who his daddy is and I don’t know what to say.
I got pregnant five years ago when I had a “friends with benefits” arrangement with my university housemate.
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He freaked when I told him I was pregnant and I wanted the baby.
My parents are older, so their grandson has brought them joy and they are so supportive. His parents disapproved.
They tried to make contact, but I said they could only see their grandson if their son was on board. He wasn’t.
I’m 26 now and our son is four. His dad is 27 and has a girlfriend and I’m assuming she doesn’t know about his child. My boy has mentioned his dad a few times, but I just tell him that he’s got a grandad instead. But this excuse won’t last forever.
DEIDRE SAYS: No, but there are so many blended families everywhere, he’s not the only one. You may find somebody special to be his father-figure in time.
Your ex should be providing for your son financially, so do write to him and explain that you’d like him to be a responsible parent – and mention his son has asked for him.
If he doesn’t come forward, then get assistance through Child Maintenance Options (cmoptions.org, 0800 988 0988). You can find emotional support through gingerbread.org.uk (0808 802 0925), who help single parents.
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