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Erin Donovan

Erin Donovan

Erin Donovan's contributions were written in the year before she began college, at which time she was WholeFamily's Senior Teen Advisor.

Hello. I know my parents have only been divorced for 4 months, but I am still hurt over it. At first I was like "sure, this won't bother me, I won't let it", but lately, it has. And in fact, only about 5 to 6 of my friends know about it so far. And see, my mom's been dating this guy, and I dislike him an awful lot, because I guess I just don't like his lifestyle.
What can I do about my mother? She loves my little brother more than me. She buys him stuff and not me. What should I do?
My parents treat me like I'm 5 years old and I'm 15. And my brother gets all the attention now and everybody thinks he's all mighty. They treat him like a saint and me like a germ or something. I just got yelled at because my brother and his best friend were yelling at me and calling me a brat and all. My mom came in and started yelling at me as if I started everything. And then my step-dad came in and yelled at me, too. My mom always does this to me and I hate it. It's as if everything that goes wrong in the house is my fault and then I get yelled at for it. And whenever my brother and or his friends do something to me and I tell my mom (I'm not a tattle-tale) she tells me to shut up or go away. It's like she doesn't care if they hurt me.
How do you get your mother to listen to your side of the story? We often argue about issues that she thinks are not worth fighting about. I feel that I need to get my point across, but she won't listen if she does not feel that the matters are worthy of a discussion. Any ideas?
I am 13 years old and I was wondering what I could do about having more freedom in my home. When I ask my mom about this, she says the parent is always suppose to win fights. So what do I do? I would like more freedoms and also to have a better relationship with my mom and step dad.
I am responsible and I think my parents know that already. I am 15 and I already do the dishes, laundry, I vacuum, dust, get excellent grades, I baby-sit my sister constantly, and I also do not do drugs or drink alcohol. I guess you could say I am "perfect," but aside from all of this, my parents will not let me go out on a date with a guy. They will not let me go out with my friends either! I just want to go out once or twice a week, but no! I have to baby-sit my sister all the time. She follows me and my parents don't do anything about it. She is also afraid to be home alone (supposedly.) And one more thing, my sister made a long distance call that cost about $35 and I had to pay for it! What is up with that? Why should I have to pay for it? PLEASE HELP!
I was and still am going through a hard time since my parents' divorce five years ago. I can only talk about it to my parents when the subject comes up since it's embarrassing for me to talk about. My friends don't have to go thru this and they don't understand. I told my dad I needed a counselor and he didn't get me one. I can't bring it up now or I'll cause a blow-up between all of us. What should I do?
My brother is constantly getting in trouble and everybody is always screaming at one another and I can't stand it. My brother is always hitting me and telling me I'm fat and stupid. I don't know what to do. Please help.
Hi, I am 15. I have thought about killing myself though I don't think I would ever do it, however just thinking about it makes me kind of nervous and scared. Is it normal to think these thoughts? I know where its coming from and that is because I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My parents are on the brink of divorce and other things. I don't feel comfortable talking to my parents and I hate talking to counselors. I do have a friend I could talk to but we are not on good terms right now plus she might tell someone out of concern. I am really confused because some advice pages say its normal and some do not. Please help me. I don't know what to do.

I have a problem. I eat too much and that's why I'm 20 lbs. overweight. I really want to be thin but I think it may be the family genes kicking in. I am V E R Y self-conscious, I guess. But I'm really tall too. Well anyway, the other day some guy friends of mine were talking in the bathroom while I waited for them outside. They were talking (kinda loudly) and they must not have noticed I could hear them, but they were saying stuff about my ex- boyfriend and how he only went out with me because he wanted to do something charitable for me because he thinks I'm fat.

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