Are you a Gen X Mom or Dad who want to raise siblings without sibling rivalry ? Involve your extended family .
If you reach out to extended family living nearby, like aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, or any blood or non-blood relative or friend who will help you bear this heavy load of parenting, you can reduce present and future sibling rivalry, strife, and future midlife sibling “I Hate You” stories.
Engaging the support of older family members like baby boomer grandparents, who today can be pretty vital sixty-year-olds, can be a hand up with this heavy lift. They can have children come to their house after school. This extended family involvement will allow you to share the burden of childrearing. If one sibling could go to a grandparent’s after school and the other or others to another extended family member, this will go the distance for making all kids feel special and relieve the heavy load of parenting in a two income economy, where parents have two sometimes three jobs to keep a family together.
Having more than just a Mom and Dad pay attention to each child reduces sibling clashes. It also builds bonds with your Baby Boomer parents if you are Gen X. Even if your Baby boomer parents are divorced, reach out to both of them and your stepparents.
Gen X parents in this economy- need all help they can get.