My husband and I have been married for four years and have a son together.
We had agreed that I quit my job to help raise our little boy, and I would look for another job when he gets older. He knew I was bored at home so he would take me out every week and buy me surprise gifts every so often.
However, in the last three months, he has changed and no longer has time for me. Recently, I discovered he's been cheating on me with a colleague and all that is in my mind is revenge. I want to hurt him like he has hurt me.
Revenging is not the way to go due to the following reasons: First, it will distract you from dealing with the real issues that led to your husband’s extra-marital affair in the first place. Second, by revenging, you might encourage your husband to cheat again, and you can easily make him feel justified in having the affair. Lastly, adding further betrayal to the relationship is not best way to lay the groundwork for rebuilding trust. I would definitely recommend a professional’s help. Both of you should see a marriage counsellor.
Peter Kiarie, via mail
By revenging, you will only be exposing yourself to sexually transmitted diseases and loss of self-esteem. Revenge is not the right remedy for your husbands’ promiscuity just as two wrongs don't make a right. Confront him with facts at hand and make him know how you feel about his actions.
Andrew Kiriago, via mail
Two wrongs don’t make a right. That will be the most unfortunate thing you can do to yourself. Your revenge will be out of anger, which won’t be a calculated move. You might end getting more hurt. Just let him know that you are aware of his philandering ways. Never make a decision influenced by emotions or anger.
Peter Gitau, via mail
It's unfortunate that you quit your job to be a stay-at-home mum. This is something you shouldn't have done. I would advise you to get another job. Second, revenge is like taking poison to kill another, it will hurt you more.
Misiocha Wycliffe, via mail
Maurice Matheka, a relationship counsellor answers:
The need to revenge may seem viable at the moment driven by your current emotional state but to what end? What do you think you will gain from it?
You may end up hurting yourself more once you realise your goal of bruising him did not yield the results you hoped for. And if you do accomplish your desire, unless you leave him thereafter, you will have set intolerable conditions within your home.
Your only options are to leave him or find out why you had to sacrifice a career only for him to betray you. Did he loose his lust factor towards you, and how did things get so bad that he needed to be with someone else? These are answers you need to evaluate your next move.
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