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Amanda Griffith

Parent Put Downs: What do you do when your mom talks you down?

I’m so mad at my mom. She called me lazy. Put downs really suck. It hurts so bad when she talks to me that way. I know I do more work than some of my friends. Most of them watch more t.v. than I do. I was watching my soap the other day, General Hospital, and my mom came home from work. She was furious I hadn’t vacuumed the kitchen. When a teen gets home from school, the last thing on her mind is “What work do I have to do?”

The natural inclination is to eat and relax after having to pay attention all day. Well, my mom turned the t.v. off while I was watching it. That made me furious. If someone did that to her, she’d have a conniption. And then, on top of that, calling me a name. Just because I didn’t do what she said when I came home from school, it doesn’t mean my personality for life is lazy and good for nothing. I really wish she would stop labeling me like that! If someone said something to her about the way she sits down and has a cocktail when she gets home from work while my father makes dinner, she’d go bananas. Maybe she should just think about that!

Do you have the same type of problem with your mom? How do you handle it?

About Amanda Griffith

I am a Franklin and Marshall graduate, English and Government. I taught 6-12 English for 28 years and am a published writer with four articles to my credit. Check out my five star rating on
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