Step Siblings, Blood Siblings- Will it Be a :Summer Family Reuinion or Family Meeting

Are you a step sibling or half sibling ? Did those step siblings who entered your life when Mom divorced Dad and married again, destroy your warm family nest? Maybe now it’s thirty years later and you still have major issues with them. Are you still angry with them for ruining your family, draining away your parent’s love, even though you know blaming them is easier than blaming Mom or your real Dad?

In fact are you really confused as to who exactly are your real Mom or Dad. With all these step and blood parents – where is your allegiance ?  Is the grown up  baby half -brother you always knew Mom favored instead of you is going to be at the summer family reunion, and you still say under your breath, Mom Loved You Best

Perhaps -not only that but now  do you find yourself with your own marriage-divorce and remarriage and resulting  acting out -angry – unhappy stepchildren?

You might try a midlife sibling family meeting. Using this tool, blood ,stepsiblings and half siblings in stepfamilies can  begin to deal with old or new wounds. The meeting can give them a place to speak openly about how each felt about the long ago or recent  destruction and reinvention of their original family and help them set goals to work together as a step family in the present and future.

I am working on an e book for family meeting that will be on my  web site   soon. Check it out and keep tuned for the e-book

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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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