Parent Problems

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!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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