Last time I spoke to my parents it was at my brother's wedding last Saturday. Overall it went quite well, although my mum had been tense the whole week - for some reason. No one really knew why, although she managed to put on a happy face at the wedding (even though I knew she was in a negative mood). I have four parents, as my parents have divorced and remarried. However, to be honest I don't really like talking to any of my parents that much. I don't mind talking to my dad, although I get disappointed because he often seems to want to cut the conversation short when things get deeper and more challenging. I feel that he sometimes "sweeps things under the rug". However, recently I did ask my dad to tell me why he and my mum divorced all those years ago. It happened when I was five, so I didn't really know what was going on, as I was so young. My dad has kindly agreed to tell me about it, although I think he's a bit apprehensive. I also have some questions to ask about family history. I don't really like talking to my mum. It's hard to get beyond small talk, and if I do then the conversation normally turns sour. I have to be careful what I talk about with my mum, so I don't tell her too much. I try to keep things short and sweet. She has a tendency to be very negative, always looking at the glass half empty. Not only that, she almost always tries to convince me to study a degree I don't like, or do something I don't want to do, which is really frustrating. Anyway, I feel that living out of home has helped me improve my relationship with my parents overall. I have a pretty good relationship with my dad and stepmum now, although my relationship with my mum and stepdad is a bit distant. However, I try to still stay on good terms with them and do my best. I'm not really looking forward to Christmas, but I try to remind myself that it will be a relief once it's all over and done with!