That's the type of relationship that the MC has with his mother. The fact that they don't get along is crucial to the plot of my story. What I can't figure out on my own, is what does it take for a mother to stop loving her own child? When does one simply stop caring for their own children and leaves them to fend for themselves? So far, the only reason I've had is that the MC's younger brother is the opposite of him. Stays out trouble and always gets good grades. However, I just don't think that it's enough. If possible, I'd like one specific event to be the turning point for when their relationship goes downhill. But as I've said, I can't think of that one event because I don't understand why parents' can dislike their children. Can any of you think of an event that would cause a mother to suddenly stop liking her teenage child? Or a few key events? If anybody has any personal experience that would relate to this, that also would be helpful.