I am wanting to split with my partner of 3 years and unsure of how to explain to miss 7yo in a way it won’t affect her long term.
Have been living together for just under a year and in that time she has seen him as dad (her real dad has never been in picture and never will be) she can only knows my current partner as “dad” even though he’s only being around as dad for under a year he’s been around before we got together (friends so used to hang out with us as part of regular group). When we moved in together plans were marriage and more kids. Life unfortunately got in the way.
We probably won’t see much of him when we split (he does FIFO and only thing that has stopped him moving away was us. 99% that he will move interstate once we split). So how do I help her transition from having a dad figure to not so to speak..
Edited to add... it wasn’t a I jumped in bed with a guy and she was calling him dad from day 1 🙄. She’s known him for 5 years we’ve been properly together for 3 and she had been calling him dad/face time airport pick ups etc while he was away for a long time before he moved in. We never pushed her to call her dad she did that on her own even with us explaining he was a friend at the beginning of it