Feelings of abandonment vs. being over-parented explored by teens. Idea of seeking Guidance Counselor/Mentor for help presented.
Jared: Things aren't going so well at home.
Sally: Want to talk?
Jared: I got to get going. They probably have a secret camera to record my every move. Maybe. It's just that I can't take my parents anymore.
Sally: I know.
Jared: Especially my dad, it's like he.. he's trying to rule my life.
Sally: I wish I had that problem. My Mom barely knows I'm alive.
Jared: Trade ya? (Laughs)
Sally: Believe me, you wouldn't want to. There's nothing worse than a mother that doesn't care.
Jared: I'm sure deep down she loves you.
Sally: Well if she does, she has a funny way of showing it. What's so bad about your dad?
Jared: Well... he just won't listen. Treats me like a little kid or something.
Sally: (laugh) And, my mom has expected me to be a grown up since I was five.
Jared: At least ya can talk to her.
Sally: Well, I used to. Then things changed. Now we never talk. (Tears in her eyes.) I really miss her...(Pause)... And I'm not even really sure what happened, but don't make my mistake. Try to talk to your dad somehow.
Jared: You know how it is. I just don't know how to start.
Sally: I'm no expert but maybe ya could talk to a school counselor, or just say to your dad "let's talk."
Jared: Why don't you do it then?
Sally: I only really see my mom on Sundays. I just chicken out.
Jared: I've got to book so, I'll see ya around.