Working Mum: It's love, apparently

By Giles Broadbent on February 27, 2014 11:18 AM |



By Tabitha Ronson

At drop-off on Monday, I bumped into the mum who is at war with her ex. She was totally distraught and begged me to go for a coffee with her.

My boss is in New York this week so, well, while the cat's away and all that...

We popped into a nearby Costa where she proceeded to pour out her problems over not one soya Cortado but three.

With each cup her persona became increasingly scary. She moved from Harry Potter's Moaning Myrtle to bunny boiler Alex in Fatal Attraction.

According to the mum, her ex, with whom she meets in court nigh on every other week, has threatened to go for sole custody of their son.

The reason? She wants to move her new boyfriend into the family home. This is the same chap she met on the internet two weeks before Christmas. Apparently "it's love".

Now, this woman is no fool. She is a professional, working full-time in an important public position.

Two months. And she wonders why the biological father of her child is worried about his son's welfare. But that's not why he's threatening court action, according to the mum. No. It's because her ex "can't bear the idea of me being happy".

"He wants to crush me," she wailed.

I tried to reason with her, suggested that maybe the dad was just concerned that she didn't know very much about the guy.

"I know enough that I want to spend the rest of my life with him," she chimed. "You must know what it's like?"

Actually, no. As a single parent, my priority is to Master A. I have nothing against online dating - I have a number of friends who are either happily married or in solid relationships with people they have met through websites.

My issue is that you don't move a stranger into your home, especially when you have children. How you live your life as a singleton is your concern but when children are involved it's a different set of rules.

Working mum, suddenly feeling rather sorry for this rather deluded mother's ex - and concerned for her little boy.

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