My daughter is 4 years old. her father and i have been seperated for three or so years now. I have been dating my new boyfriend for three months now, I emphasize that he is not her father, I would never attempt or even let her call him that, and I tell her he is her friend. I wish she could be around him less than she is, but the fact is, I am a single mother and her father is never around and I have little to no help or time, with school and work, so when i do have time to spend with my boyfriend, it is when he tags along with me and my daughter. He is a great guy and she likes him, she knows who her dad is and she does not treat my boyfriend like he is her dad, more like a friend, or a crush. but she has started saying i love you to him. I attempted to tell her that she "likes him as a friend" or something like that, but she doesnt understand, and it is completely innocent, i dont know where my position is to tell her she cant say that, and whether he should say it back to her. I do love him, and he loves me, and we are planning our life together. the only reason we waited to "officially" date until three months ago was because he was away for a year in afghanistan. i dont know what the proper thing to do is,what to tell my daughter and what to tell him. any advice?