What does a toxic parent do?
Toxic parents are emotionally out of control. They tend to dramatize even minor issues and see any possible slight as a reason to become hostile, angry, verbally abusive, or destructive. Lack of empathy. The toxic person or parent is not able to empathize with others.
What do you do when your dad is in a bad mood?
Take a stroll outside the house in the fresh air. Later, during good times with dad, talk to your dad about his bad mood. How much it hurts you. If he cannot understand what you say, try taking an audio or visual video of his bad mood with some gadget, without his knowledge.
What do you do when your dad is being mean?
If your dad is angry or violent, avoid arguing or trying to reason with him. In such a situation, the best way to handle the situation is to remain quiet and only speak when you are directly spoken to. Arguing or trying to explain your perspective may make him angrier and put you in harm's way. Find a safe place to go.