Gen X-Make The Glue That Bond’s Your Children Together Forever

Gen X teach you’re your children that as brothers and sisters – they are bonded forever.  Siblings are the longest relationship of your whole life. They are with you in the nursery and are still there in your old age. They are a deeper relationship than your spouse or your own children as they are always in the same timeframe as you.

As parents we have an exhausting job description that includes referee, psychologist, sergeant at arms, coach, teacher, and nurse. One of the most important roles we can have is as a teacher to our siblings about their lifelong bond.   They not only need to understand that this bond is for life but also need to know how to keep that joint glued together. Life tears at the fabric of siblings and makes them break away from each other. At times these wounds turn to “I Hate You” stories.

Recall our Greatest Generation parents and their kids during the Depression. Moms and dads of the economically ravaged 1930s taught their children that the failure to be good sisters and brothers was not a family option. They had to be loyal siblings to help the family survive.

That may not be true today, but you can teach your siblings how to have a team spirit, how to gather in a family meeting   ,when they need to discuss critical family topics, how to observe family rituals together, and the many other ways to make “I Love You” stories suggested in this book. They will not only know siblings are forever but also have to tools to avoid future “I Hate You” stories.

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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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