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There is no right or wrong way to have a family.
Families can be made up of many different people and relationships.
You might think the ‘ideal family’ is one where everyone gets along and is loving, supportive and close. However in reality, that’s not always the case!
In every family are unique individuals with different needs, personalities, opinions and ways of doing things.
With so many different people interacting with one another, it’s common for this to create tension and lead to disagreements, especially when a family is faced with challenges or changes.
Families can face many challenges
All families face challenges and hurdles as a normal part of life. Some more significant than others. Some challenges include:
Divorce or separation
Loss of family members
New family members
Violence or abuse
One parent working away
Illness or disability
Addictions (drug, alcohol, gambling)
Getting along with family isn’t always easy
If you’ve ever felt unsupported, misunderstood, frustrated or had an argument with your family – you’re not alone.
Sometimes there’s tension when you, your parents, siblings, or extended family face challenges or go through changes.
This might leave you feeling disconnected or distant from your family.
While occasional conflict is a normal part of family life, if you ever feel unsafe or in danger it’s important to get help.
Getting through challenges together
Here’s a few things you can do to help strengthen your family relationships:
It’s never too late to turn things around!
Remember there’s always something you can try or someone you can talk to about what’s happening.
but you don’t have to deal with it alone!
Talking helps! We’re here for you.
No problem is too big or too small.
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