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Fighting With Mom: How To Get Along

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

My Mom and I always seem to get in fights. No matter how much I try to get along with her, it never works. I think that sometimes she favors my sister. I get grounded all the time, and my sister can do the same thing and get away with it, no problem. Do you have any idea what I should do?




Dear Bailey,

Being a teen is fun and hard. Just as being a mom is fun and hard. Chances are mom dislikes the fights and times of conflict as much as you do. Several ideas may be helpful when dealing with mom:

  • Avoid starting sentences with, "Everyone else..." because this pushes parents' buttons. 
  • Agree sometimes and say, "That's true," or, "Good idea," or "I see what you mean."
  • Give occasional compliments. Even "That looks nice," or "That was a great meal," can lift a mood.
  • Be as grown up as you can. When you act like an adult, this will likely bring out the adult in your mom too.
  • Don’t get an attitude when you don’t get your way—you know the attitude she dislikes, and it’s the one I am referring to.
  • Don't try to have the last word.


It is not easy to change patterns, but it is possible.


Hope this helps,

Your BeingGirl Experts

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Posted June 30, 2014
my mum and i kinda fight but she is upset with me with a lot of things i don't even know what. When she is upset with me there is NO communication that it feels like i am in a mental room with soft padded walls and no one else is there with me so all i have is my phone, computer, and xbox.
Posted June 30, 2012
Me and my mom always get into fights over the littlest things so thank you! this is helpful (:


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