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How can I keep healthy with minimal money

By July 8, 2011 - 8:29am
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Hi i'm 16 years old, i live with my mother and my brother ( mother and father divorced) My father lives in a different state of Australia so I don't get to see him much, my Mum and I have never seemed to get along and she is a very stressed out and quick to anger person, as for my brother he is 21 and works in retail switching jobs all the time which is unfortunate, we also do not get along. I have recently been diagnosed with depression and I see my psychologist once every two weeks. I am having trouble keeping myself healthy because my Mum has stopped cooking me dinner which is the only meal of the day that she used to ever cook me anyway, she will only cook dinner very rarely maybe once every 2 weeks :( and sometimes she cooks for herself but not me and there isn't even left over so i can have some. My Mum NEVER buys a large variety of groceries for the house we only ever have the basics (cereal, eggs, milk, bread, butter, juice sometimes and all that tinned stuff like tomatoes and beans.) i eat the same thing every morning for breakfast which is cereal and sometimes we run out of that so i dont eat. I rarely eat lunch unless im out ill buy my own lunch and dinner is what i hate because there isn't a thing i can make myself that is nutritional. I would be quite happy to make dinner and i have tried talking to her about this but she just refuses and says that there is plenty of food in the house and then tells me to get out of the house :( she works full time at a bank 9:00 am till 5:00pm and i do most of the jobs at home which my brother and mum take advantage of, i am so stressed from school work and just life itself i am so over having to worry about things like what i can afford myself to eat because i have to pay for everything of my own and im too embarrassed to ever have people over at our house because there is no food and i cnt have a friend over anyway because i am too busy trying to get the entire house clean before mum gets home, they never thank me for it i am never appreciated and they ask me why (***) this job isn't done it just sends me to tears because i kknow i have been doing alot of housework to make them happy :( help !

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Hi liv260,
This is a lot to deal with as a 16 year old. Unfortunately, this is clearly your life and your Mom (Mum) really needs to be the one taking care of you rather than you taking care of yourself. You are still a child at 16 years old.

Unfortunately, the best thing you can do is TRY to talk to your Mother and Father to try to get them to understand that there is a NEED that they need to fulfill. You should not be worrying about how to obtain food. It is also unfortunate that sometimes, your basic necessity of life may be given to you by your parents although nothing more will come from it such as love and attention. I am sorry that you are dealing with these things.

Is there anyone in the family that you can talk to, to try and intervene?

Please keep in touch with us so we can try and help you.


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