Love lost after baby
Since my girlfriend had our baby, I’ve lost my love for her. I’m also receiving threats from her parents who want to force me to marry her. Please advise!
Love lost for her or the situation?
When we marry someone, we marry the entire family. And they become our family, too. Have you lost your love for your girlfriend or are you simply unwilling to marry into a family that deals with each other through threats and force?
If I had potential in-laws breathing down my neck to marry their son, I might stop loving him; or at least wonder what I was getting myself into.
Marriage is about love, not bullying and coercion.
Afraid to be a single parent
Your situation is complicated by the fact that you have a child with this woman. She is probably afraid that you will leave her and she will be left to raise your child as a single parent. Her parents may also be afraid of this future for their daughter and grandchild; and they may not want to bear the responsibility for your actions. Meanwhile, you are afraid of being forced into a marriage and dealing with them for the rest of your life.
Having a child is also a terrifying prospect and for most young men it doesn’t hit home until the child is alive and breathing and looking them in the eye. Are you scared of fatherhood? Are you afraid you might fail as a father?
Think about your fears
Even from your very short correspondence, I can hear how afraid you all are of this situation. This fear is making you all act a little crazy. I suggest you take some time to think about what kind of man you want to be. You do not have to marry a woman you do not love, but it sounds like you want to be involved with your child’s life – which why you are angered by her parents.
You can choose to be a father and not a husband, or after some time you might find that you want both. Sitting with your own thoughts will give you your answer. Do not disappear on this girl as that will only make the situation worse. Tell her what you are considering, and how you feel about her parent’s threats then go from there. Remember that this too shall pass.
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