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When You Find Out Your Dad is Cheating on Your Mom

The one thing worse than finding out your dad is cheating on your mom is the thought of telling your mom about your dad’s affair. Here are some ideas for what to do when you find out your dad is cheating…

Here’s what Chris says:

“I found out my dad is cheating on my mom with some woman on Facebook. When my mom came home I told her, and for the past 3 months I have heard nothing but shouting. When my mother was sleeping he almost killed her, so I took his computer and threw it out the window. Help me, I have bruises and am abused, and so is my mother. We finally moved away but my mom can’t leave him alone, she leaves him text messages, voice mail and emails. My dad says it’s my fault, and I think he’s right because if I didn’t tell my mom, she would not be suffering. Help me, I’m only 10.” – from Is Your Husband Cheating?

If you’re being abused, go to The Hideout – it’s to help kids cope with domestic abuse.

I always recommend reading books to help you cope with problems, because I believe we can learn so much from other people! Read A Terrible Thing Happened – it’s a story for kids who witness violence or trauma (and your dad cheating on your mom is traumatic!).

And, here are a few ideas on helping your mother when your dad is cheating on her…

Do not blame yourself

Even if you told your mom that your dad is cheating on her, it is NOT your fault! You did not have the affair, you are not your dad, and you did not do anything wrong. Your dad is the one who hurt your mom – not you.

You did the right thing by telling your mom what you found out about your dad. She has every right to know, and it’s better for her in the long run. Sooner or later, she would’ve found out that your dad was cheating on her…and it’s better to deal with it sooner rather than later!

Be patient – remember that healing takes time

Yes, your mom will take a long time to get over the fact that your dad was cheating on her. It’s a very painful betrayal, and people don’t just bounce back after being cheated on. Physical and emotional affairs are destructive and heart-breaking.

Don’t expect your mom to “get over it” right away. Whether or not she stays with your dad, she has a lot of healing to do. She’s mourning the end of her marriage as she knew it, and that takes time. Being obsessed with a husband’s affair is actually quite normal.

Don’t take on your parents’ marriage problems

When I was 13, my aunt told me she was leaving her husband (my uncle). She told me all about their relationship problems, his weaknesses, and when she planned to leave him. Nobody else in the family knew – only me. I felt sort of flattered, but mostly burdened with her problems.

Adults should never, ever tell children their problems. Adults should only talk to other adults about relationship problems, marital infidelity, and marriage crises!

When your dad is cheating on your mom, one or both of your parents may confide in you. You may not be able to stop them from talking to you about their marriage problems, but you can try to leave their problems with them. Try not to let their problems ruin your friendships, school life, or mood. I know this is a tall order – it’s very difficult not to let your parents’ problems affect you! But you need to distance yourself from your dad’s affair and your mom’s pain.

Get help in person

The internet is a fabulous place to get information and support, especially for things as personal as dads cheating on moms. But, to truly heal and recover, you need in-person support.

What to Do When Your Dad Cheats on Your Mom

What to Do When Your Dad Cheats on Your Mom

Talk to an adult you trust – a teacher, guidance counselor, friend’s parent, or an older, wiser friend. Please don’t try to cope with the fallout of your dad’s affair by yourself! You need to lean on people in person, to get help from someone who can hug you and tell you things will be okay.

And, take heart in the fact that my article on coping with difficult parents is one of my most popular here on Blossom. Our parents make mistakes, have psychological problems, and sometimes are just plain stupid and cruel. Our job is to become as resilient as possible, and not let their problems and mistakes ruin our lives.

If your mom is staying with your dad after he cheated on her, read How to Forgive and Recover From You Spouse’s Infidelity. It’ll help you understand what she’s going through.

If your dad is cheating on your mom, write down your story and feelings. Expressing yourself in writing is one of the best ways to heal….and remember that you WILL heal and be happy again!

And so will your mom.

I can’t give advice, but you may find it helpful to share what you’re going through.

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3 thoughts on “When You Find Out Your Dad is Cheating on Your Mom”

  1. I’m sorry you found out that your dad is cheating on your mom…it’s a horrible thing to discover. Your dad has made a terrible choice – affairs are painful and destructive for the whole family.

    One option you have is to talk to an adult you trust, such as an aunt, school counselor or coach, or even a social worker. You might call a teen help line or some sort of child help organization, and talk through this with them. I don’t know all the details, so I can’t tell you if you should tell your mom that your dad cheated on her.

    Another option is to talk to your dad. Tell him what you know, and tell him that you have to tell your mom if he doesn’t tell her himself. I don’t know your dad or you or your mom, so I don’t know for sure if this is a good idea! That’s why you need to talk in person to an adult you trust, so you can decide what the best thing to do is.

    It’s normal to have all those conflicting feelings: anger, disgust, fear, insecurity, grief, and loss of innocence. I remember learning adult stuff when I was a kid, and it really destroys your childlike view of the world! Awful….but sooner or later it happens to us all. I’m sorry it happened to you this way.

    I wish you all the best as your family copes with this affair. May your parents work it out — and may you allow your mom and dad to take care of their marriage while you go back to being a kid!

  2. Hello… I’m Cat… I just found out that my dad cheated on my mother… He was very suspicious lately and I have my doubts on him… But it’s really true… He cheats on my mother… We were a very happy family..I told my older sister about it since I only have two siblings.. We cried and became clueless… we didnt know what to do… Should I tell my mother? I don’t wanna make things worse… I’m scared at the same time I felt disgusted and angry at my dad… I know in the future, things wont go back like it used to be… My sister and I are still in University…. And I decided to investigated further about that whore…. to find some solid evidences…. but… I didnt know how to confront my parents… and tell my mom about him…. thank you :’)

  3. hey i found out yesterday that my dad is cheating on my mum i wish everything could be OK they have been arguing a lot.My dads been sleeping on our sofa I don’t know what to do my sister said she will pack her bags and go if my dad doesn’t go but where would my dad go please HELP.

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