The Happy Family Dynamic - remembering to support each member of the family
When we are caring for a child with challenging behavioural issues the whole family unit is impacted. Emotional outbursts, tantrums and physical volatility may be a daily experience within the family. We as parents and caregivers pool all available resources to do our best to manage a situation which may appear to have no immediate resolution. Finances are drained and energy depleted impacting on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
With all attention and resources apparently directed towards one individual in the family, other members in our family may feel ignored. Adult partnerships are put under strain/pressure, with blame, guilt and resentment common issues while siblings may feel isolated and their needs overlooked.
Family outings to the shops, to see friends or extended family may well be impossible and the family may seldom receive visitors due to the unpredictable behaviour of one member. The family as a whole may well feel trapped and socially isolated.
In the midst of this often overwhelming and all consuming situation, with time and finances stretched to the limit, it is of course easy for us to overlook the health needs of the rest of the family including ourselves. Each member of the family, both adult and child, deserves support and understanding.
If we are each able to gain an increased sense of calm and wellbeing then we will have more energy to deal with ongoing stress and challenges. Attention to everyone’s health needs within the family, can only enhance relationships within the family unit and lead ultimately to a healthier family dynamic.
Everyone benefits from proactive attention to their health as individuals, including the child in our care who we are trying to help and understand. We want a better quality of life for everyone.
Remembering to support each member of the family is a step closer to a happier family dynamic.