Your family is where you belong, and being part of a family should help you feel safe and confident. You may not be related by blood, but your family is where you feel loved, looked after and respected.
As a teenager you might sometimes find family life challenging. Whatever your age, if you live with other people you can never agree all of the time. Sometimes you’ll argue, but that’s normal and good, as long as you make up at the end of the day.
It’s great to hang out and do stuff together as a family. A healthy home life helps you cope with challenges when you step outside. Often simple is best. Think about:
What won’t help you is you:
Sadly families do hit rough patches now and again. Issues like arguments, separation, divorce, bereavement, parental mental health issues, domestic abuse, sexual, drug or alcohol abuse can impact your family. It’s important to remember you’re not to blame when your family, and in particular your parents, are struggling.
If things are challenging at home, then it’s even more important that you’ve made good friends and looked after these relationships, so your friends are there for you when you need them most.
Don’t be too proud to say sorry. An apology is a powerful tool..