Re: f is for family: the fun, the fiascos and the feuds
F is for family: the fun, the fiascos and the feuds.
- What kind of family do you consider yourself to belong to?
- Loving, caring, supportive, safe secure, honest unit.
- Different kinds: biological, work, friend, international.
- Varied and scattered.
- half siblings, step siblings, located all around the world.
2. What makes your family a family?
- unconditional love.
- A support unit that would do anything for you.
- There for each other in a way that friends aren’t.
- You can go to them for support and to vent.
3. What are the great things about a family unit or environment? Or yours in particular?
- Have fun.
- Support each other.
- Make sacrifices.
- Inside jokes.
- Routines and rituals.
- they know our history so you ant scare them off.
- they are people that you have a loyal bond with.
- these are the people you are able to turn to in a time of need.
4. what do you do with your family for fun? Or what did your family do?
- Staying home and talking.
- Watching TV together.
- Going out to dinner, going on holidays.
5. Have you ever had disagreements with a family member? Why do you think this happened?
- not being empathetic.
- Thinking you are right.
- teenage years were memorable moments for disagreements.
- picking fights over little things.
- Maybe we take our family for granted and fight with them because we expect. forgiveness and support after a disagreement.
6. They say we can choose our friends but not our family. What do you think this means?
- blood is thicker than water – we place importance on family over other groups in our life.
- These are the people we were placed with, we might not have chosen them but are stuck with them.
- If these people have a negative impact on your life you don’t have to stick it out if it is affecting your health and wellbeing.
- Friends on the other hand can be more fluid. You choose your friends based on how well you get along with them and the ties that bind you, I believe, aren't as strong. However, I think long term friendships do become more like family and the more years you spend together the stronger the ties are.
8. How does your family impact on your life generally? (e.g. living arrangements, relationships, work, positives, negatives).
- Positively- in providing a supportive environment, being an emotional backbone and contributing to the people we become.
- People I live with predominately.
- What keeps us living and gives us a place to call home.
9. What supports have you used (or has your family used) when going through a hard time? Are there any services you can recommend to a family going through a difficult time?
Check out these reach out fact sheets....
And some other services available...
The Family Relationship Advice Line
Phone: 1800 050 32
Family relationships online.
1300 78 99 78
CHaT First - a website for children and teens whose parents have separated or divorced
Child Support Agency (CSA) Family separation - a guide for teens
Also many community centres offer great counselling services for families and teens.
Have a look at some of these sites if you're interested.
12. What is the wildest family fiasco that comes to mind when you look back on family moments, events or memories?
- feel free to check out Sophie’s funny moment she shared with us.
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