Info and Advice

Getting Along with Family

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

Contact Childline

Childline is always here to listen and to support you. You can call Childline on 1800 66 66 66 (24 hours a day), text Childline on 50101 (10am – 4am every day) or chat with Childline online

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