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10 June 2004

Get on better with my family

If you feel your family doesn't always make the grade, know that you've got lots of company. Families are made up of people, and people are never perfect. Neither are you. Scary thought, but a true one. So what can you do to get on better with your family?

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There is a joke among psychologists: Question: What is the definition of a dysfunctional family? Answer: one with more than two members. So, if you feel your family doesn't always make the grade, know that you've got lots of company. Families are made up of people, and people are never perfect. Neither are you. Scary thought, but a true one. Some families can be great, others mildly irritating and a few of them truly toxic. But fortunately the toxic ones are in the minority.

So what can you do to get on better with your family?

Step 1.
At least try to make peace with your siblings. Try and listen to what your parents have to say. They may sometimes even be right. Find out how to deal with three generations under one roof. If your parents are getting divorced, this article might help you in dealing with it.

Step 2.
If you think there may be a real problem in your family, speak to the school counsellor. If the problem is drink or drug related, there are people who can help.

Step 3.
Still have a question about a family problem? Why not post a question to Health24's teen health expert or our Cybershrink?

 
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