Families are full of change, new aspects and challenges. This can be from a new family dynamic or a circumstance. Family conflicts are a part of life, but there are times when the conflicts become so powerful they can be devastating to a family. Each member of the family plays a unique role in the functioning of a family as a whole. Many times in order to eliminate some of these devastating conflicts; we need to work on redefining roles that members of the family and how to work as a cohesive unit.
Conflicts in families can arise from many different sources and each one may need a different approach to resolve. Depending on family size and dynamics, working on couples/marriage and individual counseling may be needed to address multilayered conflicts in a family. This type of approach aids individual members to build skills to support overall family function rather than tearing it down.
Having a safe and secure family life is one of the most important factors in helping children and teens have an environment for healthy decisions. For parents, resolving issues can make home life home fun and enjoyable again. Working through family conflict is not easy, but the reward of not dreading being at home or feeling like you have to “walk on eggshells” is well worth the effort. Home is supposed to be a safe haven from the pressures of the outside world and professional help is sometimes needed to achieve that family cohesion.
Common family dynamics:
- Blended families
- Separated parents with children
- Single parent households
- Adopted children
In our modern times, traditional families are no longer the only type of family dynamics experienced. We now have many different types of blended, multigenerational families. Learning how to live and work together is key for providing a stable, caring home environment. No matter what the circumstances, big events can bring about emotions and change. Learning how to become a family unit is what counselors can help build, while helping with other issues.