Our expert says:
He's probably right. Though you and the kids may have real affection for each other, it may well make it more difficult for them, if you and their father have broken off the relationship, if you continue to see them. Sounds like he is at least thinking of forming a further relationship, and doesn't want to confuse the kids to any extent tha might be avoidable. Your story implies that you don't have kids of your own, and enjoy relating to children. Don't cling to these particular kids for your own needs, rather than theirs - real love for them means concentrating on what's best for them, not you.
Maybe in your next relationship you can move towards having kids of your own, and maybe you can look for work or voluntary work with a children's charity, to continue to enjoy the company of kids - but again, so long as the focus is on their needs more than your own
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