My parents are creating hell at home

I don’t want my little sister to be caught in this domestic nonsense but she seems used to it now. I don’t have an option either. I don’t have money and whatever little I earn from doing a job along with college won’t be enough to sustain both of us. I feel trapped sometimes. At other times, I wish I could take my sister away from this negative ambience and let her live a life a 12 year-old should. My parents are a disgrace, especially my dad.
— Amartya

Illustration/ Satish Acharya

Dear Amartya,
Your father has his reasons and your mother has hers. Reconciliation is not an option in their case. I can understand how you feel about the domestic scenario but it is not easy. And your sister is only 12; you can’t expect her to live alone. Both of you are caught in their crossfire. It’s sad. You can stay with your grandparents or other relatives for a while to get away from the ugly scenes at home. But at the end of the day, they are your parents. Have you spoken to them about how you feel? I think you should let them know how their behaviour is affecting both of you and it is better that they either patch-up or go their different ways to enable peace at home. It will be tough either ways but I am sure by now you have reconciled to the situation. Keep yourself busy that will be the best option for you.

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