My boyfriend doesn't want kids and I think it will tear us apart

DEAR DEIDRE:  MY partner doesn’t want children and says he can’t see himself with a family.

I don’t have an urgent desire to have them right now but I feel it is going to creep up on me all of a sudden.

I’m 29 and he is 32. Our relationship is wonderful but he says he knows he will never want kids.

He’d always thought it was because he’d never found the right partner. But, having met me, he says he now realises that’s not the case.

Deep down we know we have to split.

Do we do it now when it’s not yet a problem or continue to be happy and face the issue as and when it crops up?

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DEIDRE SAYS: Talk to him in more detail to find out exactly why he is so set against having a brood of his own.

It is likely to be tied up with difficult earlier experiences that could be resolved with counselling.

My e-leaflet, How Counselling Helps, gives some useful guidance.

This has to be worth exploring further because you are unlikely to step straight into another suitable relationship that is instantly ready to bring a child into.

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