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Ask Amy: Single mom wrestles with tough choices

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I am a 32-year-old woman with a 6-year-old son.

I am in a relationship with “Larry,” who is 48. He is not my child's father.

Before meeting Larry, I lived alone and raised my son by myself.

After losing my job, my son and I moved in with my folks. We were financially dependent on them. Over the course of a year I looked for work, but couldn’t find a decent-paying job that conformed with my son’s school hours.

I felt I became a burden to my parents financially. They scrambled to get my son from school while I was at work.

During that time, I was dating Larry and decided to move in with him.


I knew it was a mistake fairly quickly. We just aren’t compatible.

I feel like I’ve become stuck.

Now I'm working at a good job, and I know I can afford to be on my own. I hate to seem selfish and leave, but I'm not happy.

I don't blame Larry. I know I have personal issues to work on, but I know being on my own would be best for me and my child.


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