Dear Hope: My Mom Read My Jounal


Dear Hope,

I came home from my friend’s house the other day to find my journal on my bed.  I always keep it hidden so I knew my mom had read it.  I flipped out, screamed at her and have not talked to her since.  My whole life was in there, why would she do that.  Now what should I do?

– Privacy Gone

Dear Privacy Gone,

It is hard having your privacy invaded, but don’t let that ruin your relationship with your mom.  You need to talk to her and find out why she read it.  Have you been hiding things from her? Parents need to know what is going on in your life.  When they feel shut out, they will go to any measure to find out what is going on, because they love you and they are responsible for you.  If this is the reason, make sure you share some things with your mom.  Let her know how your life is going so she won’t feel the need to go snooping.

If she has no reason and just decided to read it, then talk to her about respecting your privacy.  Let her know that you will share things with her, but sometimes you just want a private place to write your own personal thoughts. Ask her not to read it (yes, that should be understood, but maybe it wasn’t).

Definitely find a new hiding place.  Don’t stay mad too long. Parents do crazy things too.




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