5 of the Most Common Family Issues

All families have their ups and downs, but overcoming the bad times can be extremely challenging. While the issues vary from family to family and are often very personal, there are some common themes that seem to crop up again and again. It is a few of these that we will be discussing in more detail in this article. So, here are five common issues that families face on a regular basis.

Being Far Away

Travel is easier than it ever was before. People often don’t stay in their hometown for their whole lives anymore, and family members can find themselves living on opposite corners of the country, and even the world. It takes an extra bit of effort to ensure that you still retain that sense of closeness with your family, so make sure you utilise all modern communication methods including social media, email, and video chat.

Personality Clashes

Clashes in personality often occur within families, and this can be a very difficult thing to overcome. A change in personality can also occur within the closest relationships which threaten to jeopardise them completely. Taking some time apart to destress yourself is important. As well as this, you should also try to see things from the other person’s point to view in an effort to understand where they are coming from. Relationship counselling is also very effective for some people.

Communication Problems

Time and time again when you analyse what has been going wrong in a relationship between two people, it all comes back to communication problems. In the most serious situations, you may need the likes of Austin Kemp Family Law Lawyers. Lack of good communication can be permanently damaging to a relationship which is why you need to address the issue at the earliest possible opportunity. Active listening is important rather than just stating your own points of view. Becoming more empathetic to other people is a skill that will always stand you in good stead.

Balancing Work and Home Life

While the advance of the internet and technology, in general, has made our lives easier in many ways, it has also caused a blur between home and work life. So, you could spend all evening answering work emails and not communicating with your loved ones. Try to set clear lines of division of when you are working and when you are spending time with the family especially if you work from home or you run your own business.

Dividing Household Duties

Though this may seem like a minor issue compared to a few of the other ones that we have already discussed, the division of household chores can lead to numerous disputes. A lot of households have everyone working in them, so it is important that you devise a system that is fair for everyone involved and one that everybody agrees with.

So, there you have just a few of the most common family issues out there and a few ways in which you can tackle them a little bit better.


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  1. December 12, 2017 / 1:16 am

    You’ve definitely hit the nail on the head with these family issues especially communication and personality clashes

    • Laura Dove
      December 12, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks Anosa, communication is a huge issue for a lot of families! xx

  2. December 12, 2017 / 9:00 am

    I think for us the main issue is balancing home and work life. Even though I work from home, my family think I spend too much time at my laptop.

    • Laura Dove
      December 12, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Yes!! I can totally relate to that! xx

  3. December 12, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I’ve found myself nodding along to many of these points. In our house, our personalities definitely clash at time – and the chores. Well let’s just say that had got better recently, but I was getting so fed up of doing absolutely everything!

    • Laura Dove
      December 12, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      I think a lot of women feel that way, and men too. It’s all about sharing the load isn’t it! xxx

  4. December 12, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Great list! The household duties is a hot topic for sure and also if communication is not there is can be a disaster x

  5. December 13, 2017 / 3:25 am

    Honestly this is so true, personality clashes tend to be a big thing in this family but we try our hardest to work through it.

    • Laura Dove
      December 13, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Ahh that’s great to hear. Thank you for reading. xx

  6. December 13, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Household duties is definitely the problem in our household! Unfortunately my mum’s partner has the attitude that Woman should do everything… humph!

    • Laura Dove
      December 13, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Oh no!! That wouldn’t go down well here either! xx

  7. December 13, 2017 / 11:48 am

    The common problem in my family is personality clashes. We are all pretty dominant and our way and that means almost in the family wanting their way! So we often don’t get along very well lol. It is interesting that we have used distance to solve this and we are all now far from each other. I think we need counselling at this point as you have suggested.

    • Laura Dove
      December 13, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Ahh yes I think that’s one problem you just can’t change, sometimes family members just don’t get on! xx

  8. December 13, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I can imagine that being in a long time partnership and having a family can be difficult, especially if a partner travels a lot I would definitely say that communication is key! It is definitely important to balance work and home life effectively x

    • Laura Dove
      December 13, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      I totally agree, communication is a huge reason why many families come up against adversity. xx

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