Are you having family problems?

Originally published in the 1973 pamphlet titled “How’s your family?”

How many times have you been asked, "How's your family?" and have replied politely, "Fine," while thinking, "If only they knew!"

The ideal family includes a rosy picture of harmony—mom and dad with the kids having happy times together. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Take my family, for instance. My parents were divorced when I was five, and I was raised by my dad. When I was twelve I was doing nearly all the cooking and housework. I bitterly resented it. We had no real family life. My sister went one way. I went another. Dad went still another. By the time I left for college, there was nothing but a deep hatred for my family; and it was by my design that I went to a school far from home. It seemed to me that my dad was totally opposed to my values, my attitudes, and my friends. We weren't able to communicate on any level.

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