Generation X Parent?- Raise Siblings Without Sibling Rivalry

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.

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About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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One Response to Generation X Parent?- Raise Siblings Without Sibling Rivalry

  1. Great advice for avoiding sibling rivalry. I think exposure to extended family is great fore many reasons, and your present another excellent one. Thanks for sharing!

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