so frustrated – I thought he had the ring but we're back to square 1

posted 3 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

That is AWFUL! Any chance he’s just trying to throw you off? And there really is a ring?

I’m sorry you have to deal with this. Are you guys open to some counseling?

Post # 4
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@bluefrog33:  I’m sorry you’re going through this. Your post reminded me of Mr. Bee’s quick guide to engagement and the basis of the “shut it up pact” on the Bee. The premise is basically that once you are your own person, your partner will be more inclined to want to actively commit, rather than just go along with it. If your SO feels pressured about marriage, or feels like marriage is your end goal (rather than building a life with him), then he would continually resist getting engaged. However, if you feel like you do focus on yourself and he still feels this way, then I think it’s odd that he would so candidly tell you to move on. It’s actually kind of a jerk move, and I really feel for you. What were his intentions? If they were to keep the lines of communication open and just give you some insight into his feelings, then I think you should think about whether you love this man and want to be with him, or simply want to be married. Maybe come up with a timeline or a walk date?

However, if he said that to you in an argument or in a malicious way to break your self esteem, then you should move on. He shouldn’t make you feel responsible or at fault for his commitment issues.

Post # 5
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Unfortunately and I know this to well , asking about it continuously always pushes it back 🙁 my FI always used to say let me do it on my own accord and then I started to feel terrible like it would be forced and I did not want that at all so eventually I held my tongue for quite some time and he ended up proposing in January 🙂 Good luck it sounds like you guys are already a family and for you marriage would be the icing on the cake, but for him he may not see the point. 

Post # 6
2394 posts
Buzzing bee



I would move on! 

When men say they’re not sure — believe them. Find someone who IS sure.


Love is not supposed to be this hard. 

Post # 8
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Maybe he needs a wake up call. Move on. He’s leading you on and making it seem like he wants to get married and now says he Doesn’t. 

Post # 9
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

This is so sad.  He is a father to your child, therefore he already has a lifetime commitment to you whether he likes it or not. He needs to man up and marry you, or you need to move and and find someone who is ready to commit.  I don’t buy the advice about shutting it up; a relationship is a partnership and if you are not getting what you want you discuss it and come to a compromise.  I can understand waiting a few months to a year for a man to save up for a ring….but it is unfair for him to leave you in such emotional turmoil. I hope you can find some peace.  


PS – This thread, and many others I’ve seen, made me think of a Dear Prudie Q & A….

Post # 11
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I also do not agree about the “Shut it up” thing. It seems like you’re playing games. My boyfriend and I talk about marriage all the time and discuss everything openly. I was in a previous relationship where I thought talking about the future scared men away. It’s just not true and women use it as an excuse. If he really wants to marry you, he’ll be just as excited as you are. When you do find that, it’s so worth it!

Post # 13
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@bluefrog33:  this is a tough one! I would say to ease off from him. Take him out of focus in your life. When you get to that point, you should decide if you want to stay or move on.

*said a different way* Take marriage out of perspective. Stay on the fence until you get a little detached to see which side of the fence you would go (stay in the relationship or be single)

Post # 14
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am so sorry. He may be a great guy and have all of these wonderful qualities but he should have thought about the commitment aspect before having a planned child with you. Also, I can’t believe he would be so forward about letting you go! I would be devastated if my BF said that. Honesty is great, but it’s not like you have only been dating for a while– you have been together for 5 years and have a child together. You deserve a man who will fight for you and your family and not let it slip through his fingers. All the best to you and your child.

Post # 15
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@bluefrog33:  It’s been 5 years. He has told you he is still unsure of committing to spending the rest of his life with you despite having a child together. He has told you that you can move on

Knowing that,  I would move out but move close so my child could still see him. I would start leading my own life, planning on being without him. I also make darn sure I had double birth control so there was limited chance of an unplanned pregnancy.

I know you don’t want to hear this but at least he is being honest with you. Kudos to him, for not leading you on.  You can’t make someone feel something they don’t. He is telling you that you are not the one. Believe him.

Sorry hon.


Post # 16
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@bluefrog33:  Honestly, if he truly wanted to marry you, you mentioning being married wouldn’t make him doubt that. If you think about that, it really makes no sense does it? “I love this woman and want to marry her sooo much – but she reminds me of the prospect of marrying her, so I want to push it off/I am less sure I actually want it.” That makes literally zero sense. I agree, he is just making excuses at this point. 

He told you that he’s not sure and that you should leave if you want. A guy who wanted to spend the rest of his life with you would NEVER tell you that maybe you should go afterall. This guy is so uncommitted, I really think you might be better off moving on. 🙁

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