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Mammy doesn't care about me

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My sister started secondary school and mammy can bring me to school but she’s too busy taking my sister to school I’m really upset, and I have been crying myself to sleep I’m scared my mammy doesn’t like or doesn’t care


Hi there, thank you for reaching out to Ask Alex.
It’s not always easy to share with someone else how we are feeling, but you did a wonderful job in doing so. Firstly, we are sorry that you are feeling this pain at home. It sounds like you are feeling worried and anxious that your mammy may not like you anymore or doesn’t care about you.
Sometimes when there is a change in life, especially in the home, it can disrupt our routine and structure, making things a little less predictable. This change can be really tough. We suspect that your sister starting secondary school is a significant change for her, and perhaps she might be feeling frightened in a new environment with lots of new people and subjects. She might also miss her old friends from primary school. We wonder if your mammy is bringing her to school to make sure she settles in okay.
You are important too, and you deserve to feel cared for. Does your mammy know that this new change has been having an impact on you too? Life can get busy, and sometimes we may need to let our loved ones know that we are finding things difficult and that we need some support. Do you feel like you could do this? It’s important for you to feel reassured and to know that you are loved and cared for.
Thank you so much for your question. If things ever become too much, and you are going to sleep feeling upset and need to talk about anything that is going on for you, Childline is here for you anytime you need us, day and night. You can Live Chat with us at or call us at 1800 66 66 66. We are open 24/7, so there will always be someone here waiting to chat with you.
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