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My husband and my son fight dreadfully. How can I help?

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The daily arguing and shouting is tearing this family apart. Stock picture

The daily arguing and shouting is tearing this family apart. Stock picture

The daily arguing and shouting is tearing this family apart. Stock picture

Q I have a 14-year-old son from a previous relationship. I have been with my now husband for nearly 10 years. Their relationship has never been great, but it is unbearable lately. I work long hours so my husband does school collections and dinners most evenings, but he and my son are always arguing. A simple disagreement turns into a screaming match and my son gets so upset he says he doesn't want to live anymore. I think my husband feels he has to pick my son up on every small thing. I don't know what to do. I hate seeing my son so upset and I just can't stand the roaring from my husband.

A From your description, it does sound like the relationship between your son and your husband is at breaking point. For your son to say that the arguing leaves him feeling like he would be better off dead, it is very serious. Something needs to happen to shift their dynamic, and it needs to happen quickly.


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