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Every family has different challenges to overcome, and different ways of dealing with those challenges.
Follow our Common Ground families as they tackle the big issues faced by every day kiwis, and have your say on how they could work together to get through it.
Meet Jacob, a 17-year-old who’s trying to maintain a relationship with his biological father and butting heads with his mother. His behaviour escalates and he begins to challenge the household rules.
In this episode we meet Jacob, a 17-year-old high school student who lives with his younger sister, mother and his mother’s partner. We follow Jacob through two days in his life to find out what’s happening in his world.
Jacob has plenty of school friends, and in front of them he makes it seem like he is happy. At home Jacob mostly stays in his room. The rest of his family get on well, but Jacob doesn’t really feel like he connects with them.
Jacob is the only member of his family to stay in touch with his biological father Blair; though Blair isn’t really around much. More and more Jacob feels his dad’s absence, and is increasingly butting heads with his mum. Hoping someone will pick up on how he’s really feeling, Jacob’s behaviour gets more risky as he challenges and breaks the rules.
Building up to what is not their finest hour, the family soon discover that there are some things that cannot be ignored.
Once you've watched the video, we'd love you to share your thoughts, ideas, advice and insights.
What do you think is going on for Jacob, and how could those around him best support him? Please share your best advice.
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