A multi-generational family photo showing grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren.

Families come in many different shapes and sizes and each one is unique in its own way.

When it comes to family dynamics and the role that each person plays within the family, it is important that each member feels secure, valued and loved within their home. It’s also important for a family unit to spend time together and to chat openly about what life is like for them.

Family time

Family time can be done in different ways – this usually depends on the family. It can be great to share laughter with your family but to also feel trust, so that you know you can share your worries with them too.

Tension at home

It can be normal, from time to time, to experience a little tension or conflict within a family. After all, you can’t be perfect all the time! However, it is very important to realise the difference between the occasional argument or fight and feeling like you are in danger.

If you feel unsafe or at risk at any time, it is vital that you talk to someone you trust about this. We all have the right to feel safe within our homes.

Family frustration

If you’ve felt family members or siblings making you angry or testing your patience at times, you are not alone in this. Once you feel a little more relaxed, you can talk calmly to this family member about how they made you feel, when you are both open to listening to what you both have to say.

Remember, everyone’s opinion is valid.

Facing challenges

Sometimes families can face challenges, and that’s okay. Different families can face different things and the most important thing is that you support one another through it.

You must also look after yourself though because if your family is facing a challenge, it can take a toll on your mental health. It’s often good to talk to someone you trust, outside your family.

Talking helps

If you would ever like to chat to someone, in a safe place, without any judgement, feel free to make contact with us in Childline. You can reach us on www.childline.ie or call us on 1800 666 666. Those services are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you are very welcome to get in touch at any time.

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