It is a sad reality that some of us will grow up with little or no meaningful in their family, where others will grow up with a special bond that will last a lifetime.
Generally, children form bonds with their family first and then extended family and in many circumstances this is to be encouraged, but it’s always hard if you happen to come from a dysfunctional family.
It’s hard for any child when they’re in the middle of a feuding family, but it’s even harder for parents who are often seen as the bad ones for trying to bring some normality into their children’s lives, away from those who choose not to behave in their family’s best interest.
It’s lovely to see families who are close, but sometimes seeing families that are close will reinforce our own circumstances. Attending family functions tend to bring it home, when it becomes apparent to those attending the party who is close and who isn’t.
Unfortunately, that part is often brought into the equation, is there and serves as another gentle reminder of where we are sometimes with family.