Our expert says:
Admiration is indeed in order.
Kids, even the very nicest ones, are naturally skilled at sensing changed circumstances, parental tensions, and opportunities for trying to take advantage of such situations.
Have the pair of you sat down and chatted to the kids, especially the 6 year-old, about what's happening, why dad is away for periods of time, and that it is hoped this wont be a permanent situation ? We often forget both that kids can often handle much worse situations so long as (a) they roughly understand what's happening, and (b) the parents seem to be handling it well.
Could you forestall some of the nagging set-ups, by enlisting your son's help, as the Big Boy who is needed to help his mom deal with things while dad's away ? Emphasizing how much you love him and need him, and how valuable he is.
And try not to get so hurt by his comments, which are more about how frustrated and angry he feels, than actually meant comments on how he feels about you or about himself
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