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Dear Dish-it: Getting Along with Dad

Dear Dish-it,

My dad yells but it makes me cry. What should I do?

parents girl

Dear PG,

Sounds like you’re having some trouble getting along with your dad. Remember, your dad is one of the most important people in your life and, as your parent, it’s his job to love and guide you through life. That’s why it’s super important to try and get along with your dad as best you can.

Here are five ways you can stay close, get along and build a stronger relationship with your dad. These tips may also help him stop yelling so much:

  1. Spend time together. It might be easy to be physically in the same place as your dad (like at home). But how much time do you spend just enjoying each other's company? Instead of playing a computer game or watching TV, maybe ask your dad to play with you. Go outside together, try a board game or read a book out loud.
  2. Share your feelings and ask for help. Your dad might not know that you're having a problem or that you don’t like it when he yells. Tell him if you're sad or struggling with something. If you don't usually do this, it can feel funny at first. Try it and you'll be glad you did.
  3. Be kind. Little things might mean a lot to your dad. You can brighten his day with a hug, a card or a joke. It's also nice when a kid offers to help fold the laundry or cleans up his or her room without being asked. And if you try not to fight with your brothers or sisters, your dad might be so happy, he’ll never yell at you again!
  4. Show you care. Some families are always kissing, hugging and saying "I love you." Other families aren't as lovey-dovey. But it's important to show that you care for each other. In addition to kisses and hugs, kids and parents show their love by respecting each other, being caring, polite and thoughtful.
  5. Do your best at whatever you do. You don't have to be perfect, but when you do your best, you make your dad proud. It makes him happy to see how you're turning into such a great kid. Why? Because it lets him know he’s doing a good job being your dad.

 

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Any of you Kidzworld members out there have any suggestions for parents girl about how she can get along better with her dad, or how she can get her dad to stop yelling so much??? Write them in the Comments section below!

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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

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drowning posted in Family Issues:
I'll be honest, I don't think that it's very fair that you're placing so much blame on your mother. Cancer is very hard to heal in any animal or person. She may of been able to help one spot, but that doesn't mean that she was going to be able to heal the rest. There's a slim chance that they could of made it through, but it's probably for the best that she put him down. Cancer is a painful thing to go through for dogs and humans alike. It would of been worse to push it. As for the depression, I understand where you're coming from with it. It's a difficult thing to go through and it makes things hard to do. I've struggled with things in the past and sometimes still do, so take my word on this: Eat. What. You. Can. Don't starve yourself. Don't binge. Don't do anything. Keep eating. Your health matters too. You need to find things to do, like hobbies (drawing, reading, writing, ect.) and spend time with friends when you can. At least talk to your friends, don't push them away. They're there for you, even when they might not know how to be. Don't be ashamed to cry, it's perfectly fine too. It's a better alternative of getting things out than a lot of things you could be doing. Do not, under any circumstances, start cutting. Take it from someone who's dealt with it on a personal level in several ways, do not start it. It is not something you "won't get addicted too" and it will not be a "one time thing." Do not try it. Do not start it. Do not try to find "softer" alternatives to cutting. Self-harm is not a fixer, it does not help anything. It isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a personal issue along with mental illness. But it is a very big deal. "And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help?" There isn't always a place to help. Sometimes it won't do the things we wish it would.
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RavenClawRaina
My dog, Loki, was old and had cancer. He was 14. My mom healed one of his cancer spots but not even a month later, she put him down. He had life in him. He played like a puppy. If she healed one spot, why couldnt she heal the rest? He could have lived right? He was like my little brother, I loved him like one. He was family. Every since he passed, Ive been depressed. Losing weight and not wanting to go out and hangout with friends. Me and my mom get into fights more. At some points, I hate her for what she did. I dont dare tell anyone about my depression and I cry every night until 3:30 am. I have considered cutting but I dont want anyone to judge me. Im not going to but I just want someone to understand what his loss did to my heart. Ive had him since i was a baby. He was my best friend. And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help? I was mad. Can anyone relate? Can someone help me? ( im not going to a therapist btw ) UGH WHAT DO I DO?!  
reply about 7 hours
Pokemonlegends05
Sometimes Video Games can Cheer you up as well. Happy, Vibrant Games: New Super Mario Bros. U Pokemon Shuffle Any of the Mario Party games. Minecraft Super Mario 3d world (Wow, a ton of Mario games :p) Jak and Daxter Super Mario 64 These are useful for making this :e into this  =(
reply 5 days
SecretBlogger
 No. Nope. Uh-uh! If he's trying to force you to do something you don't want to, like That, then i suggest you walk away. Say "no" plain and simple, and let him know what you think of that stuff. 
reply 6 days
Pink_Cool_Girl
Do NOT sleep with him. Not matter WHAT, DO NOT SLEEP WITH HIM!!!
reply 6 days