Did your blended family mix like oil and water over the mother’s day? Did the steps and the halves then skip father’s day? Do your blood children have a strained relationship with your stepchildren? Do your half siblings hate their whole siblings? Had the whole family blown up on the 4th of July? How about a step, half blood family meeting
If your bloods halves and steps
in an endless war why the sibling mess?
If you are Generation X and your parents were divorced- you might point your finger at your baby boomer parents – how they approached marriage and family relationships. These changes were a domino effect cascading down on Generation X and Generation Y, leaving them leery of commitment and endless angry with siblings
If you are Generation X or Y kid who grew up with divorce- did you yourself get divorced?
If (bloods, steps and half’s) are heading down the road to writing their own sibling “I Hate You” story, make a summer resolution when the world seems to open.
If you are Gen X write a paragraph or two about the generational changes that occurred in your own family (like divorce or remarriage) that might have contributed to the strife between your own children -leading to sibling “I Hate You” stories.
If you are a baby boomer grandmother or grandfather watching your children grandchildren reel from divorce-, write a paragraph about how the generational values, both positive and negative, how they had an impact on your children and grandchildren and perhaps how you would like to change them.
A sibling family meeting can be organized by one of the siblings who seeks harmony instead of the sound of chalk on the blackboard. The steps you take can make steps, bloods and halves begin to reconcile so that Memorial Day, you might have everyone attend the event with a bit more harmony.
Consider unraveling your sibling tale with a sibling family meeting and make forgiveness part of the solution. .