My DD and I have a kind of Gilmore Girls mother/daughter relationship. I'm her best friend, but she knows damn well I'm the mother and she's the child. We rarely argue, but tonight we did over something really stupid (her wearing my favourite jacket without asking, I guess I had had enough), so after a few minutes of arguing she stormed off to her room. She didn't slam the door but she has her 'angry' music on. - knowing her she'll be out in 10 minutes with a hug and our favourite movie as a peace offering. We can't stay mad at each other. My thought was that if it was *my* mother, she would have followed me into the room continuing to scream at me and make me listen to her until I was crying/screaming for her to please leave me alone. So my question is, why do some parents refuse to allow their kid to calm down from an argument in private? Why must they always have the last word and watch their kid break down in front of them after not being left alone? Mine broke down the toilet door once (while I was pissing) to continue an argument that she claimed *I* had started.