My daughter and my mum are constantly fighting and it’s making my life agony – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY daughter and my mum are at daggers drawn the whole time.

Both live with me and isolating is agony.

I am a single mum of 37 with severe asthma.

My daughter is 12 and has battled anxiety since her dad died in a road accident when she was eight.

Mum is 61 with weight issues and diabetes.

My daughter is terrified but also horribly moody and rude. Mum is old-school and always on at my daughter to get off her phone.

I’ve said it breaks my heart to see them at one another’s throats and tried talking to Mum but she stormed off.

I feel caught between the two and would like to walk away.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Poor you. Focus on helping your daughter with her anxiety – the world must feel very unsafe.

There is a helpful blog on talking to children about Covid-19 at anxietyuk.org.uk, helpline 03444 775774.

If she’s rude, say: “I know you’re stressed but please don’t talk like that.”

Stay calm and relax regularly.

My e-leaflet Self-Help For Stress explains more.

Tell your mum she must leave parenting your daughter to you. If she gets angry, just let it roll off your back.

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