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Talking to Parents: What sorts of things are too personal or you are too uncomfortable to discuss with your parents. Is there anyone you can talk to about these things?

Kids'perts Say:

"Some things, it seems I can discuss with my peers that I can't discuss with my parents. Like, hmm this is gonna sound really stupid but, problems with my parents, guys/girls (depending on if you're male or female) I don't know why but it seems easier to talk to my friends about that kind of stuff. But also, it's easier to talk to my parents about a LOT of stuff then my friends! Like, "my friends been treating me badly" stuff like that."....FBG (12) USA

"This is a toughie.. I can't talk to my Dad about anything, maybe because he's not my real dad...but thats a whole 'nother story. I can pretty much talk to my Mom about anything, which is good. Things like growing up, etc. come easy talking to my mom about. I don't know, its still not the most comfortable thing in the world. The person I can talk to the most about that kind of stuff with is my friend. We can talk about anything, which is good I guess. ."...Name Withheld by Request

"I don't go to my parents when I'm depressed. When I'm upset, I go to a friend. I feel that if I tell my parents, they try to "talk me out of" my mood. My friends understand though, and know that all I need is someone to listen to me."....AG (14) USA

"I discuss everything and anything with my father. Things you would feel uncomfortable telling any other human being, I tell him. On the other hand, my mom and I are not so close. We have a kind of buddy buddy relationship, but I rarely even talk to her about school, much less my personal life. I love them both, but am just able to talk to my dad much more easily. The only thing I cannot really talk to him about is any depressive feelings I have...that kind of pain is something I've never been able to discuss...I feel it is much too private, nor does it ever come up."....Cali (15) USA

"I don't discuss much of anything with my parents, I can talk about simple day to day things, as well as sort of more personal things, but only to my mother and only when I can no longer keep them to myself. I have a buddy, We'll call him Tyler (not his real name) who knows a lot about me, a lot of stuff that no one else knows. I have another friend Mary (not her real name) who knows stuff about me that I feel about certain people and the things I think and do. She's great because she understands me as a girl. Mary can talk to her mom about anything, and I can talk to her mom if I want, but I don't really feel comfortable about it. It's easier sometime for me to talk to people I don't know well, or that have the same problems as me because they understand me for the most part, and they don't know me, I don't have to face them, and they don't have to worry about me. I alwyas wished I could talk to my parents more, but it was just something that never happened."...Name Withheld by Request

"Can't think about what I can't talk to my mom about. She's the best and she understands almost everything there is about my life. She's been there my whole life, helping me through every problem I've had, whether it be the mean girl at school or what I should wear today. I love her very much, because to me, she's perfect in every way possible. I'm proud to be my mother's daughter. I can't even imagine life any other way. Maybe the one thing I have trouble telling her is exactly how much I really love her. There's no words to describe the happiness she's always bringing into my life. Maybe printing this out and leaving it on the fridge will help tell her. Hopfully she'll find it and get an idea. Love you always mom....." - Calm, Canada

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