Did your blended family mix like oil and water over the holidays? In the first few weeks of 2012, do your blood children have a strained relationship with your stepchildren? Do your half siblings hate their whole siblings? Are your bloods, half’s 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 New Year’s Resolution.
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.
Consider unraveling your sibling tale as a New Year resolution and make forgiveness part of the solution. .