Parents Have Been FightingFamilyParents Have Been Fighting<div class="ExternalClass79D0D6051725436F9BCCDE560234B1E7"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">​Hi, I'm sorry to bother you whoever you may be. My parents have been fighting a lot lately and I just need someone to talk to.<span> ​</span><span>There's probably more important people out there than me though, so it's okay if you don't respond. ​</span></span></p></div><div class="ExternalClassC9EF1B56E1D4414DB0219041BF949789"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Thanks for reaching out to Your Life Your Voice for help.  You are truly not a bother.  No one is more important than you at this very moment!  We love hearing from teens and helping them cope with whatever is happening.    </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Having parents who fight isn't easy to handle all on your own.  You are smart to realize that talking to others about this issue is a great way to cope.  Talking can help you to gain new perspective, develop strategies to deal with the situation and help to dissolve some of the stress you might be experiencing.  Although your parents might not change anytime soon, you can change some of what you are doing which may improve the situation.  First things first.  Your parents might know how you feel, but if you haven't had the chance to tell them, it is important that you express yourself.  They may not realize just how much this is affecting you.  Sometimes it helps to write a letter to explain what you are feeling.  If you write down what you want to say, your parents can read it and not have to respond right away.  If they have some time to react, it is possible that they will take what you have to say seriously and make improvements in how they are treating one another.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">You might also consider talking to an adult such as a favorite aunt, grandparent, teacher, a coach or someone from a church youth group who may know your family circumstances.  Sometimes those close to us can provide support and encouragement – they may know exactly what you are talking about which will help you feel stronger and less alone.  Adults can be of great help, especially if they know your parents and how they have been behaving.  Someone might be able to give you some ideas on how to handle the situation or help you by talking to your parents.    </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">​Think about talking with an adult or writing a note to your parents explaining how you feel.  You can do this!!!</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">We look forward to hearing back from you.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Sincerely, </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Linda, Counselor          ​</span></p></div>14

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