Many families have an area of life they struggle with and often, that problem is passed down to the next generation, Dr. Robin says. Some families are trapped in poverty, others seem plagued by divorce, some harbor anger and lash out at others at the drop of a hat.
No matter your family's issues, Dr. Robin says you don't have to be a victim of your upbringing. Instead, you can choose a different path and break the cycle that is keeping your family down, she says. If your family struggles with money, learn about finances and how to save, Dr. Robin says. If you're a child of divorce, chose a loving partner and work hard to build a solid, loving marriage. "Break the cycle … beat the odds and do it now," Dr. Robin says.