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Hard Time at Home

Mia Stolpe, Staff writer

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Everyone’s family dynamic is its own unique concoction of people, personalities, and problems. This being said, it’s hard to find a family without it’s own conflict. Whether it’s just one family member or a mix of the entire family, these issues can cause great distress for everyone involved

Although sometimes it’s hard to talk about these family problems, it’s important to be able to discuss the mental effects they can have on us and how to be above it.


There is a wide range of ways family members can affect your well being. Without laying a hand on you, their actions and words can completely deteriorate self esteem, energy, and alter your outlook on life.


It’s hard when you want to be able to  maintain a good relationship with this person, but trying to communicate with them hardly ever goes well and never resolves any conflict. It can take everything out of you, and make everything else in life a little harder to deal with as well.


Personally, I have had first hand experience with this situation and I have been learning how do deal with these struggles. My advice to any of you out there who can relate: do not let what they say get to you and understand they may be projecting their own personal problems on you. Their effect on you only worsens if you believe the harsh things they say.

Instead, focus on recycling better energy back into the rest of your life.”

— Mia


Mark Reedy is a counselor at Rocky Mountain High school. He said that just about 100% of families deal with some sort of problems. Even though circumstances are unique to each family, his main piece of advice is to actively listen to each other.


No matter who in the family causes conflict, we can all do a better job at really trying to understand one another. He also said that family counselling is a great resource to use to help bridge communication gaps.


If you are in a situation where you do not feel safe in your family, here are some hotlines you can contact to talk and get help.


National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233

Child Abuse hotline at 800-422-4453  

National suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255

Mia Stolpe, Staff Writer

Mia is a senior at Rocky and doesn't really know what she wants to do in life but has lots of aspirations. She spends a lot of time in the art department...

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