Ask Angie: All my Parents Ever Do is Fight!

Dear Angie:

My parents fight all the time. It’s ridiculous. I come home and hear them arguing, and they are still going at it when I try to go to sleep. I don’t know what to do about all of the fighting, but I do know that I don’t want to hear it. Not to mention that they try to put me in between their fights by forcing me to take sides. It’s stressful and I’m losing sleep over this.

Fed Up

Dear Fed Up,

Oh no! It’s horrible when parents fight, even more so if they fight a lot. I’m sorry that this is happening to you. Although you aren’t responsible for their fighting, and as such, can’t put a stop to it, there are some things you can do to make it easier to deal.

The first thing that you can do is talk to your parents separately. Tell them that you love them, but that their constant fighting is making you feel uncomfortable and is interrupting your sleep. Also tell them that you do not want to be in the middle of their fighting and that you refuse to take sides. Hopefully, your parents will get the message.

In addition, it is important that you have someone (preferably an adult) to talk to outside of your family. Whether it be a trusted friend,  counselor, coach, minister, or teacher, be sure to talk to someone about your feelings regarding your parents’ fighting. Talking it out will make it easier for you to deal.

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