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There is no right or wrong type of family – each one is unique and special in its own way.

What is a family?

A family can be made up of different people with different personalities, relationships, needs and ways of doing things. People can become members of a family in different ways – for example, through birth, marriage or adoption. 

What kind of issues can affect members of a family?

  • Loss of family members / introduction of new family members
  • Homelessness or moving home
  • Money or financial worries
  • Violence / abuse or arguments and conflicts
  • Sickness or disability
  • Differences between cultures or generations
  • Addiction to drugs, alcohol, etc

Family Relationships

Sometimes, some members of a family may not get along well with each other. You might find you have a better relationship with some members of your family than with others.

Every family goes through difficult times, which can affect relationships within the family. Sometimes, if you have had an argument, you might feel as though your family doesn’t support you or understand you. 

You are not alone. Support is available. Is there an adult you can talk with about how you are feeling? Childline is always here to listen. 

Sometimes, you might feel like you are not very well connected with your family. This is ok for a short time. If you are concerned about this, you can get support.

Tips for getting along with your family:

  • Share how you are feeling, if it's safe
  • Take time to listen to the views and thoughts of others
  • Take time to build trust
  • Spend quality time together
  • Take some 'me' time
  • Learn to appreciate others
  • Learn to negotiate and meet others halfway
  • Find creative ways to solve problems
  • Talk to a trusted adult, or contact Childline, if you would like support

What can you do if your parents argue?

Parents often go through difficult, or stressful, times, which may cause them to have short arguments. If your parents fight all the time and are violent towards each other, however, this is domestic violence. You may feel you are to blame, but this is never your fault – even if an argument is about you. 

You have the right to get support. Childline is here to listen.

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