Need help talking to my son about his absent dad

Erin - posted on 03/21/2015 ( no moms have responded yet )

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I am a single mother of a 4 year old boy. He's a very bright and happy child.mRecently he solemnly asked me where his dad, brothers and sisters are. I was stunned firstly because he adopted such a serious attitude and secondly because he does have a step brother and sisters who live with his dad and I didnt quite know how to present their absence in his life. His father and I split up right before he was born when I found out he had another family, he refused to accept my decision to leave and would often lash out with mean ugly words. I tried to ensure his presence in his son's life by arranging meetings in neutral places like parks but he almost never showed. Things spiraled out of control and he got abusive, while this was handled with the police at a family level, the recommendation was for him to keep his distance from us. Now I don't know how to respond to my son because I know the question won't go away and his father will resurface sooner than later.

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