I wish I had created boundaries from the beginning and stuck to them when he fucked up.
I made the mistake of not creating clear boundaries, and not following through. I got trapped in a cycle where for a while, he had a "I can do what I want, she isn't going to leave me," attitude, which sucked.
Hell, I think he still knows that I'm not going to leave him. I'm not great at boundaries, and I'm worse at follow through.
Set very clear limits on what you will and won't accept, and don't be afraid to walk away if he doesn't respect those.
At least the current man "only" cyber-cheated.
"Love means never having to say you're sorry."
For me and me only I wish I could of divorced and moved on. But I had kids. So I had to think of my kids.
We all have our reasons for staying. Just be honest with yourself as to why you stay.
Make sure he answers all your
questions that you need.
Make sure he writes a timeline out for you in writing. I got none of the above from my WS.
The main thing I would have done differently, per my SAs treatment center, is to have had very clear boundaries much sooner. It is appropriate to say that I will not have my SA sleep with me or touch me, unless I feel safe and he is working a program. This is about my safety and security and not to punish or control him. If my SA has any sexual contact with another person, he must move out. I will decide when and if he would move back in. So, if the boundary for you is that if he has any other sexual contact, it means divorce that is ok. Just make sure it is really what you are going to do, before you set that boundary. Setting a boundary and not keeping it is worse than setting no boundary at all, with an SA.
As for divorce as a consequence. Certainly it will break my heart. But, yes, if he has sexual contact (sex, intimate touching, etc) with anyone again then I am put a fork in it done! There is just too much health and emotional risk to me and I won't raise my kids in an environment of out of control addiction. I think it is very likely I can make a good life for myself and even more likely than not that I will have another (healthy) romantic relationship . .. I would like to do that while I am still relatively young. I have talked to my accountant, reviewed my legal options, and even revised my current homebuying plans to purchase something I can swing on my income.
My only regret was not keeping him out longer, he moved back in pretty fast. Not that it would have changed things much, but for the longest time I regretted not making him "suffer more", living without us longer.
I should have left sooner or kicked him out( I tried but he would not leave) should of been stronger and not afraid is what it boiled down for me. I wanted to keep my family together and fix out issuse. However, you can't do that while wh is in A or in A mode. After 3.5 LTA and it was on it's way of fizzling out, we chose that someone had to leave the house. I chose to leave because the house triggered me so bad.
We now are seeing where all this goes. What is hard is this.... I am in love with the man I want him to be. I know we could be even better than we were, but he has to change and want that for us also.
On the other hand, I like that I am getting stronger after 10 months of seperation, yes, we see each other and spend time together but I like I have my own! I make my own choices and do what I want. I am truly think if I would not have left, I would still be in the same boat emotionally and mentally.
Boy, looking back, I would have CHANGED so much and not been AFRAID of the unknown or thinking "She can't have my WH"....
This is a good topic.
I wasted so much time that should have been meant for myself to get me right. But, I stayed in the drama, hoping and praying for God to convict his heart and bring him back. And that I guess was not in the plans because wh has free will.
Every situation is unique, waywards obviously differ in their attitude and the extent to which they require a wake-up call. Though to the extent some of you seem to be beating yourselves up a little I wanted to give you my perspective. I wad very decided from the beginning not to kick out my H even though I desperately wanted him out of my space. I have two young kids, one of whom has childhood anxiety. In my situation and in my view, on the separation question I needed to "measure twice and cut once." My son in particular would have been traumatized by having his dad moving out of the house, back in, and possibly out again. If my husband leaves the house it will be for good and I knew, and was advised, that I couldn't make that decision in the early and highly emotional months. Also, I sort of feel like I have limited control over my husband's character -- he has to recover and treat with me respect or not. What I suspect in the stories is that kicking the wayward out isn't all that likely to change the wayward's behavior directly *but* it can be an empowering and self-focusing act for the betrayed spouse that sets the stage for respecting their needs in the R process.
Anyway, I hope this topic hasn't been painful for posters. I honestly thought when I posted I would get stories about how date night or imago or taking up a sport together speeded R along. That said, I appreciate hearing the truth!
[This message edited by cds22 at 12:13 PM, June 11th (Tuesday)]