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HOW DID YOUR PARENTS MESS YOU UP? | FIONA DOUGLAS

 

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MY PARENTS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING A LOT LATELY. IS IT MY FAULT?

No. Please don’t ever blame yourself for your parents’ behaviors. It is very normal for parents to disagree from time to time on “adult” things. There may come a time where the disagreements turn into arguments, which can become fights. Most of the time, these arguments are a way for adults to let out their frustration or fix the miscommunication between themselves. Everyone loses their “cool” at some point. However, adults are much more mature than us especially at this stage of our lives; just know they always find a way to make up for the fighting and arguments, even if it seems like they are unable to in the moment.

I JUST FOUND OUT MY MOM/DAD IS CHEATING. IS IT OKAY THAT I AM MAD?

Of course it is. You are a human who is entitled to your feelings. However, it is how you deal with those feelings that matter. Don’t bottle them up, as hard as that sounds. Let yourself run the course of the emotions, and once you are done, take a hard, long look at your values. You, and only you, can know what you are willing to tolerate or forgive. Draw your line in the sand, and trust your instincts.

 

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Cats to Cats is a peer-to-peer organization. The students on staff are not qualified to give advice or assist directly with any of the mental health issues presented. All informational and educational content is from widely-accepted sources and the testimonies of individuals featured and interviewed. More information on any of the sources or individuals can be found on this page or on our website. The information cited does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Cats to Cats Team or Los Gatos High School. 

Students can seek on-campus professional help from our contracted mental health provider CASSY, or view our Cats to Cats Therapy Information page for information on outside organizations. In addition, crisis hotlines are listed on our website.

In addition, if we receive any information involving potential or real harm to self or others, we are legally required to report the incident, which can lead to potential intervention by school or other authorities. The person who contacted us and/or the person's parents will be contacted to verify that the student's parents are aware of the situation and/or that the student is under the care of a professional.

In case of a criminal report, or when in doubt, please contact WeTip at 1-800-78-crime. WeTip receives anonymous and confidential reports and follows up with potential crimes. We encourage all students to be upstanders instead of bystanders when they witness or are the victims of wrongdoing.

 

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