My family is weird and I love it.
When I was a kid we went on road trips and stopped at places like the BugFest in North Carolina (Yes, it's a whole event dedicated to etymology - I even ate stir fry with maggots and jello with ants.) We did science experiments for fun, went to Indian Princesses instead of Girl Scouts, and we didn't have TV growing up, but we did play a lot of games.
Family is important to me, even with the weirdness (actually especially because of the weirdness!) When I moved away from home and college, I struggled in a lot of ways. It may have seemed easy to others, but I always believe you should remember everyone is fighting a hard battle. Now, I call my mom everyday and I try to get up to see my parents about once a month since I live so close. My brother lives down farther down South and I wish I saw him more, but I always try to soak up as much time as I can get with him.
There are studies that say staying connected with your family and having a strong social network can actually increase your job satisfaction and how long you stay at your job. If you feel like you have family and friends to support you, your anxiety and stress levels are reduced because someone has your back. I can say first hand, both my parents have had my back throughout my career and I feel like I can take more risks in my job because I know that if I fail they will be there to help me get back on my feet.
I have to say, I agree that having an outside source to bounce ideas off of is vital rather than always living and breathing your network at work. (How many times has my mom listened to me rant about work or another self-starting business idea? Too many times to count.) It's easy to turn to your best friend at work to sort out problems, but it's important to reach out to unbiased sources as well. My Dad has even left work just to take me to lunch and help me think through what I want to do with my life when I was worrying about whether advertising was the right career path.
Ever been stuck looking for a new job and feeling like you're just submitting your resume to the wide open internet? These days it feels like you have to know somebody to be somebody. Whether your parents are well connected or not, chances are they know someone who can at least get your foot in the door some where. It may not be your dream job or maybe it will be, but hey gotta start somewhere, right? Don't be afraid to ask for help! After all, your mom and dad are probably your best advocates. Just don't let them send your resume along with the baby picture they are so proud of.
Though I have a strong family connection, I totally get that some people don't have great family dynamics. While the optimist in me says "use your family as a way to learn conflict resolution or how to work through problems" I whole-heartedly understand that some families may be the source of intense stress. So if your blood line isn't right to stay connected to, at least look for a strong social network of friends. However you build your "family" human connection is important for maintaining your mental health and could possibly lead to career success.
We all get down and no one can do it alone, so take time to thank your family or friends for supporting you - and next time you get that promotion, call your mom. She may have helped you more than you think she did.