Tyrannical parents... What can one do about them? One of my friends is in a house where her mom and stepdad and baby sister live. Her stepdad is in training right now to be sent to fight in Iraq. She gets yelled at daily for things such as being on the phone, trying to reason, and staying in her room to avoid the baby's crying, who has a duel ear infections and the flu. They are living from child support and government checks for the stepdad. Her mom goes to night school a few days of the week. My friend does six afterschool activities which she enjoys and they don't often run into one another. She is also an about average student in everything except for math, which she does somewhat poorly in. I am ahead of her in all of the classes she takes, so I help her often, which doesn't bother me. Her mom, instead of asking my friend to get off the phone, or the internet, or to watch her sisterfor a while, yells at her to do it. That only causes my friend to yell back. Which starts a whole arguement which is none too tame. She is afriad to tell her mom about how she feels, and that part of her failures in school stem from troubles at home. She fears that talking to her mom will only get her grounded from using the phone and internet. Without these two mediums of communication, she will only get agitated and yelled at more. I'm trying to tell her to talk about this to her mom and resist yelling at her while she gets yelled at. I'm not saying that everytime she gets yelled at, it's unjustified. That isn't true. Sometimes, though she thikns she doesn't deserve it, she does. But there are also times when her mom does get to yelling without a cause. Can anyone give me any advice that I can give her?