Conflict can happen when family members have contrasting views or convictions that differ. Often times conflict can occur when people misunderstand each other and jump to the wrong conclusion. Issues of conflict that are not resolved peacefully can lead to arguments and resentment. It is normal to disagree with each other from time to time. Occasional conflict is part of family life. However, ongoing conflict can be stressful and damaging to relationships. Some people find it difficult to manage their feelings and become intentionally hurtful, aggressive or even violent. Communicating in a positive way can help reduce conflict so that family members can reach a peaceful resolution.
Common Causes For Family Conflict
It is well recognized that some of the stages a family goes through can cause conflict. These may include:
Each of these stages can create new and different stresses and potential conflict
Changes in the family situation can also take a toll on the family and contribute to conflict. This may include events such as:
The opinions, values and needs of each parent can also change and they may find they are no longer compatible.
"Love your family. Spend time, be kind & serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised & today is short."
Helpful Links For Family Conflict
- The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - The professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy.
- AFTA - Offers a unique Annual Conference that addresses personal and professional growth through peer discussion and current research.
- The Family Dynamics - Institute started in 1994 and helps couples grow happier and ensure their children remain happy and stay productive in their development.