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Families can be made up of many different people and relationships.
There is no right or wrong way a family can be put together.
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!
Every family is made up of different people with different needs, personalities and ways of doing things.
You might get along with some family members more than others.
How close you feel to certain family members can change over time too.
All families go through tough times
Families can face lots of challenges and sometimes this can have an impact on the relationships you have with them. They can 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 or experience tough times.
This might leave you feeling disconnected or distant from your family.
While conflict in families every now and then is okay, if you ever feel unsafe it’s important to get help.
Remember there’s always something you can try or someone you can talk to about what’s happening.
Getting through tough times together
Here’s a few things you can do to help strengthen your family relationships.
Remember, it’s never too late to get help.
There’s always somebody you can talk to.
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