Dear Carol family

Fighting parents worry me


My parents have been fighting a lot. I’m usually asleep, but I wake up when I hear them. I’m afraid they’re going to get a divorce.
 
Dear Concerned Daughter,
There’s not much a girl can do when her parents fight. It helps to know that while their problems affect you, they are not caused by you. Their fighting is not your fault. And some fighting is natural. You and your siblings or friends may be better than endless shouting. Try not to become the confidante of either parent. If one trashes the other, say, “I know you need to vent, but I don’t want to hear about that.” Both parents will appreciate extra smiles or hugs from you now. Hang in there. Can you arrange a sleepover or getaway?

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BY CAROL WESTON ON 3/9/2011 7:00:00 AM

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