My dad never stops shouting at me. I usually spend the day in my room doing normal teenage stuff, which seems normal as I'm a teenager. But it seems like a problem to my father. He storms into my room and starts shouting way to close to my ear that I need to spend my time watching tv with him. He then proceeds to literally destroy my room to see what I was doing. Yesterday he broke the last present one of my best friends gave me before she died in a car accident. I'm desperate. Can you help me?

Answer

If your dad knew it was a present from your friend who died and he deliberately broke it, he is cruel beyond belief. If he broke it by accident, knowing that should be enough reason for him to stop. He can’t expect to destroy your possessions and have you just accept that as normal. It isn’t.

I think you should have a talk with your father. Tell him you’re never going to forget he broke your friend’s gift and if he doesn’t want you to hate him, he has to stop yelling at you and destroying your room.

Tell him if he really wants you to watch something on tv with him, he should come to your bedroom door and invite you, in a civilized fashion like most fathers do.

If he does make the effort to ‘ask’ you, I hope you’ll make the effort to join him. Then politely return to your room. I’m hoping you can create a new ‘normal’ where you both treat each other with respect.

Updated on June 7, 2018

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I Hate My Dad—Trouble at Home
By LongTimeMother
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