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:iconcheesearoonidoo:
I know exactly how that is. I'm 16 and I've been in the same position for years, only my parents are just now splitting. My mom is leaving my sister and me with our dad because of school, and for years I have been the one to listen to them vent, make sure they don't drive drunk, keep tabs on where they are and make sure they're fine, and I haven't had a single summer where I haven't watched my sister every day in about 5 years. And the worst part is, is that I'm turning bitter and my little sister and I don't even like each other anymore. I resent the situation. I'm only hoping that things end up better like others say it will. Good luck to you, I wish you the best.
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Verve-Soliloquy Oct 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
17 here, and in the same boat. My input- No. It's not fair to you to take care of people who should be taking care of themselves (Dad, that is). As far as cooking, cleaning, and babysitting, those things come with age and responsibility, but at 16, it's my belief that we, as teenagers, also need strong social and life developments outside of the house, achieving a balance between work and life. But for now, you could a) talk to your dad about it, or b) tough it out, and go straight off to college when you graduate. If I may speak frankly: I am getting my butt the hell out of here the minute I graduate this year. I'm just going, and nothing's going to stop me. So in the midst of all of the things you have to deal with, remember that school is most important, because it can literally get you out of your situation in two short years- and yes, if you focus on school, they ARE short. Good luck, ST.
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:iconvomitbear:
Gotta talk to dad and let him know you're 16.

Look for support groups in your area.

Plus find a way to vent stress so it's not all bottled up.
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XxVeroinxX Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You'll have the time to be a responsible parent in the future...
You need to live a teenage life now,and your dad should take care of things.He's the grown up there.I think you should speak up.
And of course,I adore you for being so responsible.But it's time for him to be a man,and a father.
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:iconpaperjamdipper:
I'm only thirteen and it's the exact same thing.
My Dad went to Australia in May, and a week ago we saw him for the first time.
He and my sister fought, and screamed, and I had to sit down, listen to my sister complain about how childish Dad is. Listen to Dad apolgise to me for the way my sister acts, and vent about her being childish.
Both of you, shut up.
I AM the child
so why must I be the adult? ST, you'll get through it, By the end of this all, you'll be appreciated.
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:iconhmmadewell:
I understand completly, my mom died when I was 10, and then I was okay with doing the housework. But now that I'm in high school it's getting in the way of school and social life. Sometimes I get mad too, because my older brother is allowed to go places and get things, but I can't go to a chior practice after school or go somewhere with friends without being interregated.

I'v also become surrogate mother to my 7-year-old brother and 18-year-old Downs-Syndrome sister.

I'm a freshman, fourteen-year-old, middle child, with one judjmental, insane father.
Feel free to contact if you need someone to sympathise with.
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:iconaddicted2manga:
I know how you feel
my parents haven't split
but it gets rocky and my mother runs out of people to talk to
or can only talk to me about it
about how tempted she is to pack up and leave
it hurts me and makes me stress and worry
sometimes cry myself to sleep
but I'd rather she tell me and me comfort her than be left in the dark

I just wish it wasn't so
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The-Seventh-Sage Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*Raises hand*
I had to... well, I still do, take care of my mom.
I know how you feel :).
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:icontinybat:
You're right it's not. The freak'in sad part is, that's life. You can try to talk to your Dad and explain that you're not ready to take on this role, you're still a kid. Honestly though, this it just the way it ends up sometimes. Be strong, you are appreciated.
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GoatSocks Oct 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
it's rough, but you'll get through. you and your siblings will be much closer because of it. trust me. =)
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