Do you feel caught in the middle of your parents' problems? Sometimes parents use you in their battles—whether they know they are doing it or not. For example, one or both parents might:
If you are feeling caught in the middle:
If it's too hard for you to say things like this directly to your parents, try writing them in a letter. However you choose to do it, being able to talk to your parents about your feelings and to be clear about your needs will be useful skills as you face the changes and challenges that lie ahead.
Lots of teens worry about breaking the news to their friends. Some feel embarrassed about what is happening.
Separation and divorce are very common these days. That means that many people have been through it themselves, and most probably know someone who has.
Good friends will be glad you've told them. They'll know that you're still you, even though your family is changing.
No, you don't. You have the right to love and be loved by both parents.
If you are feeling pressured to take sides, and you feel you are caught in the middle of your parents' problems, tell them.