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At this time of the year relationships can take a knocking. I don't know how you usually get on but is it possible that the Christmas and New Year period are making things tough. Perhaps things will sort out when things get back to normal.
Take care, Helen
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It's great that you and your partner have laid a great foundation for a happy relationship, and both care about each other's children. It sounds as though your partner is frustrated and stressed at the moment, perhaps because a new year is starting, which can cause apprehension. When you both have a less busy moment, try sitting her down and asking whether she wants to talk about anything. This may sound obvious, but is sometimes overlooked when people are busy. If you don't mind me asking, does your partner usually drink much in general, or around this time of year? If going out and drinking for hours is uncharacteristic of her, then perhaps she is unhappy or worried about something. Has she ever suffered from depression?
Talking to her to find out what is going on is a good first step.