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Parents Marrage. - April 1st 2009, 08:12 AM

Hi, Im Alex, I'm 15.
Ive noticed that over the last couple of years that my parents arent talking to each other that much anymore. Like before that they would always hold hands, and at least look like they are interested in each other. Now whenever they are together, they dont look even partially interested in each other. My mum is always snappy at my dad, and they dont really seem to like each other. They have completely forgotten about each other. Only now have i realised it because i only now understand what is happening. It makes me feel really sad to see them this way. I dont know what to do, can somebody please help me?
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Re: Parents Marrage. - April 1st 2009, 11:59 AM

Hey there, Alex. I'm Katrina. I'm seventeen. [: Welcome to the boards.

It's always hard to see one's parents not as interested in each other as they once were, but I honestly think that maybe that's how long term [we're talking thirty years long term] relationships go. I think that sometimes, the once strong flame just sometimes kind of wears weak at times. What can you do? Well, there's not really anything you can do. They're your parents, and in this case, I think you have to let them figure out relationship issues for themselves. If they want to, they'll rekindle the flame. If not, things will probably continue how they are. Try to focus on yourself during these times. Make yourself a future, eh? It's hard, but I think there are worse things for a child can see. I know that doesn't make it any less hard, though. Take care of yourself, and apologies for the lack of constructive advice.

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Re: Parents Marrage. - April 1st 2009, 10:28 PM

Hi Alex,
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I agree with Katrina in saying that there is not really too much you can do about it. They are your parents and you can't force them to become like they were when they were younger. Some people just need some time to themselves, and maybe growing older is getting to them a bit.

There's small things you could do, like suggest to your dad to pick up some flowers for your mom, or bring up the fact that maybe they haven't been out just the two of them for a while. That might spur something, but other than that, I don't think you should press them.

I think it's really great of you to be concerned about this, but it's mostly out of your hands. Be there for your parents. They care about you, even if they aren't as close to one another.


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Re: Parents Marrage. - April 2nd 2009, 06:15 AM

Thanks for your advice, but i just cant help but feel a bit hopeless in this situation. You're probably correct though, theve been with each other for like 19 years, there not 20 anymore, they are nearing 50, there going to less energetic. But as I said before, I just cant help but feel like I should do something.
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