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Thanks so much for all the tips its really working for me in my relationship. But I have a question, I am in a relationship that is entering the 8th month, but my man hasnâ€™t said anything that is committing. He has two kids and I have one, he says he wants to be careful before committing himself into any relationship. We talk everyday and I’ve visited him twice in Europe we haven’t done anything intimate(sex). Please, do you think this is a relationship I should hold on to because I really do not know what he is up too and living in deception is the last thing I want to get myself in right now. Awaiting your response.
Thanks so much Stephen.
Stephen’s Relationship Advice
Great to hear from you and thank you for your question, I’m so pleased to be able to share my thoughts with you today.
Long distance relationships are tough and so I really do sympathise with you, because even in geographically close relationships, fears and insecurities can creep in grab us and get out of control.
So lets look at what has happened and what it could meanâ€¦
He says he wants to be careful because he has two children, Iâ€™m sure you can agreed this is a good thing that he values the security of his children. Of course you could see this as a stalling tactic, but unless you have proof, why assume the worst as youâ€˜ll only feel bad and probably for no reason.
You have spent time with him in Europe and not yet become intimate, again this is great because itâ€™s a stronger indication that he respects your wishes and is looking for a lasting relationship and not a fling.
Plus you talk every day, so he is showing you a solid commitment to wanting to communicate and find out more about you, this is all great news. Clearly he wants to find out more about you, because he enjoys your company. No man would phone every day if he didnâ€™t.
So far everything looks greatâ€¦ Except for how you feel.
There are two clear issues
- 1. You have created a trust issue and attached it to this relationship, ask yourself why, and do you have real proof he is being deceptive? Feelings and assumptions do not count as proof.
- 2. The other issue is about the speed in which this relationship is moving at.
My question to you is this. What commitment are you after from him, and does he know specifically what you want? In other words have you told him what your relationship goal is. I.E. marriage, living together, in which country if it were to happenâ€¦etcâ€¦etcâ€¦?
You are not asking him to give you that commitment today, or even in the next 6 months all you want to know is if a relationship was right for him does he want the same future as you, whatever that is?
What this creates is two specific points, where you are today, and where you both want to be, which hopefully is the same place. If not then you need to talk.
If you both have the same goal for the future, but just need to get to know each other better then this is great.
How to accelerate the commitment
What you now need to focus on is to helping him feel great about himself and attach those great feelings to you. Help him to know that he is significant in your life because when you are with him and think about himÂ you feel secure and happy. When he feels responsible for your happiness the chances of him feeling great are really high.
The quicker he starts to create a future that is better with you in it, the faster he will want to commit.
Be open with him about the intimate side of the relationship, be sure he knows you are looking forward to it, so he understands there is not a hidden reason why you donâ€™t want him this way. Be sure he knows that you also just want to be careful and sure about him like he does with you.
What you both then need to focus on is building a bridge each day towards what you really want. When this happens then you will see the steps of growth happening on both sides. When you see this youâ€™ll feel more secure with him that you are a team / couple.
Avoid creating fears based on assumptions
Be careful of your own fears Olu, because they can and will worry him. If he senses that he is not making you happy he will feel he has failed and this does not build a great future in his mind and may help him feel he will never be enough for you.
Should you stay in this relationship? Unless you canâ€˜t bear long distance relationships, I donâ€˜t think you have enough information to decide at this stage, which is why you feel stuck.
You need to understand the direction you are heading and if you share the same one, itâ€™s really that simple. After all it is eight months and you would like to know, be sure he knows you are not after a commitment today just a shared direction to put your mind at ease!
If your questions scare him away then there is your answer, somehow I donâ€™t think that will happen here.
Please let us know how you get on Oluâ€¦
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