Raising a family is a daunting task. It can be both extremely rewarding and extremely challenging. When one person in the family is struggling, it can impact the entire family system. It is difficult enough to navigate the changes that your family experiences developmentally. There are many challenges and changes that families face that make parenting seem impossible. Some of these challenges may include divorce, job loss, changes in family structure, role changes, and sibling conflict. These big changes can cause the family to struggle with communication and healthy functioning. Other issues such as substance abuse, mental health issues, trauma and abuse, chronic illnesses, and financial issues can cause strife and upset in a family. Even differing parenting styles and discipline techniques can make it difficult to manage your child’s behaviors. Families function best when there are clear boundaries, expectations, and roles. However, it is hard to develop these important aspects when it seems that you are constantly putting out fires and are unable to address the underlying issues. Identifying these types of challenges is the first step towards helping your family succeed.