There are many different kinds of families. Some have two parents, while others have a single parent. Sometimes there is no parent, and grandparents raise grandchildren. Some children live in foster families, adoptive families, or in stepfamilies.

Families are much more than groups of people who share the same genes or the same address. They should be a source of support and encouragement. This does not mean that everyone gets along all the time.

Conflicts are a part of family life. Many issues can lead to conflict, such as illness, disability, addiction, job loss, school difficulties and relationship problems. Listening to each other and working to resolve conflicts are important in strengthening the family.

Living with brothers and sisters can have its ups and downs and step brother and step sister too. One minute you can be the best of friends and the next you could be arguing or fighting.

It can be difficult making sense of the relationships in your family and trying to come to terms with things that have happened or things that have been said. Talking about things within your family can help resolve problems, but if you feel this is not possible or you want some further advice you can always talk to a Connexions Personal Adviser via webchat or by phone on 01384 811400.