There are several stages in every family relationship of which some are good and some are very trying indeed, while yet others are just simply very difficult. Understanding and learning to cope with all the various different stages will help make better and stronger family ties in the long run.
Within any family relationship journey there are several different elements that all the members have to deal with such as the challenges of the parents being in the work force, juggling the children‟s and their schedules, the introduction or loss of family members, and the list is never ending.
Some may find that reading or learning from the examples of other relatively successful family relationships can be helpful while others prefer to make their own rules and mistakes as they go along. Though each individual has their own thoughts on this, it is very important to realize that some compromises have to be made if some level of success is to be achieved and maintained.
Learning the art of finding and focusing on what is right with each family member within the unit rather than constantly harping only on the negatives. Always making an effort to give each other the benefit of the doubt is also encouraged.
Learning to cope with or try out as many methods as it takes to manage and truly accept the frustrations, disappointments and hurt that are bound to occur along the way.
Agree to disagree is one way of showing the members of the family unit, each individual‟s views and opinions are respected. This particular element is very important when trying to encourage honesty when it comes to feelings.