Our expert says:
It really makes sense, and suggests he is being sensible, that he doesn't want to rush into this. Many relationships that start up when either or both partners are still raw and still emotionally involved with their Ex, come to grief.
Actually, he is showing responsibility in caring for and worrying about his own kids, and if the financially irresponsible mother is working, especially if he is retrenched, he should consider going to court and asking the court to require her to pay maintenance for the children, rather than wasting her earnings solely on herself.
But the recent events you describe, suggest you may have been pushing him to attend to you at a time when he had other serious problems troubling him - you don't know what may have happened at work, or about his job, or with his ex, or all of those. OK you were disappointed when he wasn't available as expected, and didnt call you to explain, but that's annoying, not a major problem. Give things a while to calm down, then send him a friendly message, and calmly talk it out when you meet. This event illustrates what I said at the start be cautious about expecting too much in a relationship from someone still emotionally raw from their previous one.
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