Family counts. It's where you start. It shapes you, nurtures you, and quite possibly exasperates you more than any other group you know.
You could easily spend most of your lifetime living in families and even when you live separately, you can find yourself organising your life around family commitments.
The interesting thing is that families are so different. Your family might include one generation or five, one parent or many, lots of siblings or none, people connected through blood ties or people brought together by choices, circumstance or legal relationships.
Whatever collection of people you might think of as your family right now, the make up of that group will change over time. The inevitable process of family members maturing requires your relationships to grow and develop as well.
Family transitions require you to adapt. Sometimes those changes are part of a natural process. Sometimes they are a cause for celebration, and sometimes they feel like a loss. Simply acclimatising to the change stretches your capacity for flexibility.
Families are complex systems. They are an important influence in your life. They can provide some of the most challenging situations you ever face.
This section of the website delves into some of those challenges. It explores some different kinds of families including families that are living apart. It looks at some common family transitions and some strategies for approaching them.