© Margaret L. Cunningham, PhD 2002
Last updated February 17, 2014
A popular image of a family is one dad, one mom,
2.25 kids, one dog. The reality is that that has never
been true for US families and certainly is not now.
role of the family. I believe the role of the family is:
Each family has "rules" in addition to "roles."
Think of the family as a house;  each member is a room.
Often, when a family is having problems, family counseling
helps. The counselor can help you see the interactions from
a new direction and help you initiate change. Many family
dilemmas can be viewed as problems that can be solved.