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I miss my kids when they visit their dad

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

My husband and I separated six months ago and our three children live with me.

So far, everything has worked out well and I’m pretty sure we’re all better off without him in the house — I know I am.

They see him every other weekend though, and that’s my problem. When they’re not around I miss them a lot and get so bored as there’s just me and the telly or a book. I really wish they didn't have to go and see him. PG

FIONA SAYS: BUILD YOUR SOCIAL LIFE

There's a whole world out there that a single woman could explore.

You don't have to stay home with a book and the TV when your children are away. Instead, you could go out and do whatever you like.

It sounds as if you've made your children the sole focus of your life and when they're not around, you just don't know what to do with yourself.

It's right and healthy for your children to spend time with their father but it's not healthy for you to be so dependent on them. You are going to have to find ways to make a life for yourself then, and it's not too early to start now.

What you do is up to you, but you could start by checking the paper and seeing what's going on around you.

Try the local library too — don't dismiss anything but try everything until you find something that feels right for you including, perhaps, going on dates again.

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