DEAR DEIDRE: My Dad’s phone buzzed on the worktop with a message from ‘Claire Fish’ and all I can think is that he’s using the dating app, Plenty of Fish.

Dad is a managing director of his own company. He’s 43 and I’m his son. I’m a 15 year-old boy.

I only saw that tiny bit of information but I’m scared that he might be straying


I only saw that tiny bit of information but I’m scared that he might be straying

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He’s busy and we don’t have the best of relationships but I’m very close to my mum.

I know he loves us all though and looks after us. I’ve got a little brother and sister. 

He’s home by seven in the evenings. I don’t even know if he’d have time for an affair but I’ve heard Mum and Dad arguing a bit lately.

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I only saw that tiny bit of information but I’m scared that he might be straying. My best mate’s mother had an affair, so I know it happens.

Should I ask my dad or should I leave it and hope it’s just a phase he’s going through?

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DEIDRE SAYS:  You’re jumping to conclusions.

Your dad may genuinely know a ‘Claire Fish’ – ‘Fish’ is a bona fide surname. Think Michael Fish, the well known weather forecaster.

Your parents are entitled to a private life whatever. It would be so awkward to talk to your dad although he may reassure you she’s an acquaintance.

Your mum may already feel something is wrong but she may well be dealing with it privately. Telling her would take away her coping strategy.

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