The problem is: how do I approach my wife and tell her about the child? How do I play my cards to make her understand?
It wasn't bad luck
Hahaha!!! You deceitful man!!
You did not make your girlfriend pregnant by bad luck. You made her pregnant through unprotected sex.
You then met your wife, dated her, proposed, and married her – all the while hiding this child from her. And now you want me to help you 'play your cards' to make her understand?
I have no idea how to tell a woman that you have been lying to her for months (or years…) and have her forgive your deceitful behaviour. What you have done is awful and, frankly, cowardly. It is, however, great that you want to come clean and, I am assuming, take care of your child.
Dude, you are in trouble and you cannot dress it up. You are just going to have to tell it to her as plainly as you have said it to me: 'Baby, before we met I had a girlfriend named ____ and we have a baby. S/he is ___-years-old. I am sorry that I have kept this from you but I was terrified that you would leave me.'
Your wife will be upset and she will have many questions. You have no choice but to deal with her upset and answer all her questions honestly. She might yell; she might kick you out of the house for lying to her; she might call you names and refuse to talk to you for months… I just don’t know. What I do know is that if you want to continue with this marriage, you will allow her the space to deal with her anger and disappointment and hurt at her own pace. Apologise continuously and keep telling her that you are sorry.
You must also stop saying that your child was a result of bad luck. Take responsibility for your actions. You chose unprotected sex and you had a baby. You chose to hide this baby from your wife. You got married under false pretences and now you want to make amends.
Hopefully, your wife will choose to forgive you and continue with your marriage.
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