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Had an argument with my great aunt

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So I had an argument with my great aunt who’s babysitting us but I think it was my fault and she wasnt being fair though my brother was telling me he was going to killl and He would take all of my devices I don’t feel safe and I don’t know what to do does he have authority? And how do I fix this?


Hi there, 

Thank you for reaching out to us. We understand that it is not always easy to share how you are feeling. We are truly sorry to hear about the argument with your great aunt and the scary words from your brother. No one should ever make you feel unsafe. Your home should be a place where you can relax, feel safe, and be at ease. 

You mentioned that your aunt was babysitting you. Do your parents know about what happened? It is important to talk to a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, or another family member. You have the right to feel safe and supported.  

You have said you would like to fix this situation, well done for wanting to find a solution that takes great courage and bravery. It is normal to experience a little tension or conflict within a family. Having a different opinion with your family is a normal and healthy part of life. Still, disagreements can hurt our mental and emotional well-being when disagreements turn into angry arguments.  

Learning how to manage and resolve conflict between family members can help improve your communication skills, create emotional resilience, and build better bonds between you and your family. There are some articles on our Childline website that you might find helpful: 

You need to know if you ever feel unsafe during a family conflict, you have the right to ring 999 or contact Tusla at no one ever has the right to physically or emotionally abuse you. 

If you need to talk more, remember you can chat confidentially with us for free by phone at 1800 66 66 66 or online. Go to our website,, and click the purple chat button. You can contact us to chat about anything. You do not need to worry or concern. Childline will always be here for you.  

Thank you for reaching out to us. Please remember, you are not alone. We are here for you 24/7, ready to support you whenever you need us. You can count on us to be here for you, no matter the reason. We never close, so we are always available for you.  

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