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How to Deal with Lack of Family Support



Facing a situation where your family doesn't support your decisions, denies that your child has any issues, thinks you're overreacting, or even gets angry and believes it's the parents' fault can be an incredibly painful process. It's disheartening enough to deal with these challenges, and it's even more disheartening when your family pours cold water on your efforts. However, please remember that your family is not trying to make you unhappy with their actions; they may simply want to protect you or may struggle to accept the situation themselves. It could even be a matter of pride for them, not wanting to admit they were wrong.


Dear parents, one thing you must understand is that many conditions have a genetic component. Your family members may have gone through similar situations in the past, but in an era when early intervention wasn't as prevalent. Many behavioral or developmental issues were simply considered rebelliousness or a phase that children would eventually grow out of. Therefore, they may think your child is just going through the same thing and will improve with time.


Here are some strategies for dealing with family members who don't support your decisions:

  1. Try to Understand Their Concerns: Why are your family members unsupportive? Are they worried you might be making a mistake? Are financial concerns at the root of their resistance? Once you understand their reasons, you can try to address them.

  2. Communicate with Your Family: Let them know why you've made the decisions you have and why you believe it's the best choice for you and your child. Listen to their opinions and avoid dismissing their views outright.

  3. Set Boundaries: If you've made every effort to communicate with your family, but they still don't support you, it may be necessary to set boundaries. This could involve reducing contact with them or avoiding discussions about the topic for a while.

  4. Seek Support: If conflicts with your family are affecting your home life, seeking support is crucial. Talk to someone you trust within your family to mediate the conversation, or seek guidance from friends, therapists, or join support groups like "Hug Circle" to connect with others who are going through similar experiences.


Remember, you're not alone. Many people have faced a lack of family support in similar situations. The key is to stay true to your beliefs and keep working for the well-being of yourself and your child.


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