Some siblings have better emotional resources than others. They are better equipped than siblings in a dysfunctional family to establish new family communication patterns that will help increase positive sibling family interaction in midlife. These sibling families can be termed nearly normal families. Why? No family is always ” normal”.
But these patterns of communication have been lifelong for all siblings.Siblings in nearly normal families have been communicating in a fairly healthy way through all life’s stages of development, like childhood, raising a baby, adapting to a teenager or supporting a new marriage or grandchild. They know how to execute sibling teamwork. The nearly normal family is able to face issues or crises equipped with a framework for developing new strategies to solve that crisis. The one stage of development they can really be thrown by is the midlife stage, where adult siblings need to care for an aging parent.This is often the totally unexpected stage of life that turns the life of many midlife siblings upside down. They expected to retire and travel but now they face parent care.A nearly normal family of siblings can usually rally as a team again with some help that often can come from a geriatric care manager.