Families come in all shapes and sizes and have unique ways of interacting and relating to one another. However, the one common denominator in all families is their tendency to function as a system. For example, picture a mobile over a baby’s crib. As long as the mobile is undisturbed by any outside forces, it turns in a consistent and comforting rhythm. However, pull on any one piece of the mobile, and every piece is affected - each one jumping and spinning out of it’s own orbit and affecting the rotation of the entire mobile.
The key to resolving issues in families is learning to understand the importance of our relationships and their power to affect the things we feel, the ways we behave, and how we cope with life. Recognizing the intricacies of our relationships with one another and learning to appreciate the strengths in these relationships can transform our ability to communicate with and respect one another.