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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Getting Through Tough Times


Every family goes through rough spells. It might be a particularly unpleasant phase of childhood that makes parents want to bury their heads in the sand or the blows to finances and self-esteem that follow a job loss.

When bad times hit...
...each family has to determine for itself the most healthy way to work through it and come out the other side stronger and healthier. Some families turn to their faith and prayer, attending church together and seeking solace through their religious community. Others seek the support and advice of family and friends who have experienced similar difficulties.

My family has weathered a variety of storms over the past fourteen years, including the unexpected death of my father-in-law in 2004 and my own psychological breakdown that same year. When my family is in the midst of challenges, the bookworm in me always looks to non-fiction “self-help” titles as a means of coping. I also seek out professional help, in the form of our family physician or a counselor, to help my family manage the curveballs that life sometimes throws our way.

Seeking help for life’s challenges, in whatever form is most comfortable for one’s family, is never a sign of weakness. It is proof of how much you value the ones you love.
 
Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.
Photo Source: University of Minnesota

1 comment:

  1. Well put, Carrie.

    When it comes right down to it, we get up in the morning and put on our shoes. A good day is when they match.

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