Families today experience a wide variety of challenges. Although many are common, each family struggles with their own unique combination of challenges. In this article we will discuss general ways to deal with each type of challenge as well as discussing specific things families can do to overcome a specific challenge that may currently be affecting their family. Regardless of what the challenge is specifically there are basic attitudes and reactions that can greatly reduce the stress as well as allowing the family or specifically the couple focus on solutions and not just the problem. First, generally it is important to remember that if a family truly has a desire to overcome challenges and move forward with previously set goals, each member must focus on understanding, forgiving, and staying positive. To be sure this is much easier said than done; nonetheless, it is necessary for a positive outcome. As we will discuss, some specific challenges present unique aspects that may be more difficult to overcome than others. Divorce
For example, the family that is dealing with the possibility of a divorce should seek the counsel of family and or marriage therapist along with a religious leader (when possible). Parents should take a step back and try to understand and comprehend the ramifications of a divorce. How it will affect the children and how it will ultimately affect the long-term happiness of the entire family. The truth is there are a large number of couples that divorced and then were asked a year or two down the road if the divorce was worth it. Many would admit that it wasn't worth it and no matter how bad things seemed at the time, they would have been better off staying together. Of course, that doesn't include all divorces. Each circumstance is different and some situations are unsafe for the spouse and/or children. Addiction
There are other challenges that can leave deep and lasting wounds such as...