Home and Families
All families have problems and there’s no such thing as a normal family. But sometimes there are problems that you can't fix by talking to your family. Maybe your parents are fighting, or you're having a hard time with someone else in your family. Sometimes people in families can hurt each other emotionally or physically.
Childline is here to listen to you about the worries you have with your family problems. Call us to talk to someone who really does know how to listen to how you are feeling.
Living In Care
What is living in care?
Living in care is when you live away from your parents, either with foster parents, or in a care home. This might be for a short time or it might be more permanent. If you have brothers and sisters and they also need to live away from home then whenever possible the Care Agency will try to find somewhere for you to stay together. Young people who live in care are sometimes called ‘looked after children’.
What is alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a disease. Your parent is not a bad person; he or she has a disease that makes him or her lose control when drinking. Alcohol does that; when you drink too much, you do and say things that you normally wouldn't. Maybe the disease makes them do mean or stupid things that they would not do if they didn't drink.
How do I stop my parents drinking?
You cannot control your parent's drinking. It is not your fault. Don't hide the bottle or try to be perfect; you can't do anything about your parent's drinking. You are not the reason why your parent drinks. You did not cause the disease.
What actually is a step-family?
Step-families are created when one person who has children marries, or cohabits, again.
Of course this can happen after a death, but nowadays it's much more common after divorce or after the breakdown of a live-in relationship.
Reasons for running away from home
There are many reasons why teenagers leave home without telling anyone.
These reasons include:
- arguments with a parent or other relative
- abuse or violence at home
- worries about money and debt
- being thrown out of their home by a parent or carer
- problems with drugs or alcohol
Families are all different. They are made up of different people, with different needs, ideas and ways of behaving. This can make a family a special group, but can also mean that getting on together is not always easy. Young people often talk to Childline about their families - it can be about how much they enjoy their family, feeling left out or that they don’t get on with them.