Family. You can’t live with them sometimes, but you certainly can’t live without them. It’s amazing though that in the heat of any moment, we can forget that little nugget of information. Family arguments and issues can happen at all times. Sometimes they are avoidable; often they are not. Many times they can be easily resolved, but pride can take over. Admitting you are wrong can feel like the biggest task to overcome. But, as mentioned before, a family is so important, and it is vital that we do our best to keep everyone on side. You may regret it later in life if you don’t. Which is why I thought we could look at some of the most common family issues and how you can be a strong person throughout.
Sometimes divorce can happen. Maybe one of you might not be expecting it or want it to happen. Maybe you have mutually come to a decision. But divorce is very common these days. In fact, it is estimated that 42% of marriages end in divorce in the UK. Which is a staggering figure. Whatever the reasons may be, divorce sends you in the Family Law arena and things can get nasty. This is where sometimes you have to be the bigger person to get through a tough time. Divorce can bring out the worst in people, and often it’s the family that is collateral damage. If you find yourself going through a divorce, it’s worth keeping conversations private. Trying to look at the bigger picture throughout. Accept that it is just a period in your life and things will get better. For everyone.
When getting into business with family, it can go one of two ways. Very well, or very wrong. Many times this is because you can clash. While sometimes working as a family has it’s benefits. Common goals, the advantage of knowing the individuals inside out. Sometimes business and money can change people, which is where family begin to argue and feuds. Perhaps someone hasn’t done something they should have. The small things can spiral out of control. Being a strong person in this situation can be tricky. Being the mediator can have advantages but also get you involved in something you don’t need to be. A great tip for successful family business is to have one main decision maker. Being the stronger person can make your family a lot of money, if done right.
Finally, the death of a parent can cause many family issues. From sibling rivalry right through to fighting over money. There is a common saying that where there is a will there can be a war. It seems that money can bring out the worst in people. Especially families. There could be comments about not being there when you should have been. There could be accusations. People can turn nasty. But the best and only advise would be to remain calm throughout. Getting involved in arguments could only make things worse. Inheritance is meant as a passing gift, whatever it may be. It shouldn’t be seen as a way to profit.
I hope this helps you if you find yourself in any of the above situations in the future.