By Chelsea, age 14, Virginia
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
Everyone has them. Some are worse than others. But if you're tired of it, then you need to do something about it. My mom and I fight constantly about the dumbest things. She yells at me about every little thing she can find, and I yell back. I was going to go live with my dad in the next city over, but then I made the freshman cheerleading squad, so I decided not to. I try so hard to ignore her and not say anything back, but she knows how to push the right buttons. I'm sure some of you out there are dealing with the same thing.
Try sitting down with them when you're both in a good mood and tell them how you feel. If you talk in a quiet, calm voice, most likely they will too. Tell them all the things that make you sad or angry and try to compromise on some things. Don't say things like "you always ..." or "why do you ..." because these make people get defensive. Just tell them how you feel.
This may or may not work. If it doesn't, just try as hard as you can to ignore them, and not to make them mad. If things get worse, consider living with another parent or family member. Or ask your parents to go to counseling with you.
I hope things work out for you. If you need someone to talk to, leave feedback and I'll get back to you!