I know a lot of people here don’t get on with their families at all, and would be happy never to see them again. But for those who do still maintain relations with their parents and siblings, are they pretty easy relationships, that are mostly fun and stress-free, or do you have to make lots of allowances and accomodations? Like my mum, for instance, she is used to being in charge, and if she has decided, say that we are going to eat out on the verandah, then that is what is going to happen, unless you have a really good reason not to. She is just used to being the boss. I don’t give my kids chocolate very much, but she will, even though she knows I don’t like it, basically just because she wants to. It doesn’t bother me too much, and I just think of it as her little quirk. My brother, though, gets really annoyed, and won’t bring his kid to visit, because he thinks Mum is being disrespectful. And she is, I guess.
My other brother is really argumentative, and will play devil’s advocate just for the sake of it. It does get tedious sometimes. But he is lots of fun to have around, and is always there to lend a hand when you need something, so I can overlook his flaws. My brother can’t, or won’t, though. They always end up having huge fights, and he doesn’t want to see him any more.
I guess I’m rambling, but I just wonder if my brother is right, and I shouldn’t put up with this shit from family members, or if it is normal for relationships to not be 100% smooth. What are your relationships with your family like?