It is easy to drift apart as siblings become preoccupied with their own careers and family life. But, here are some simple steps that will help you stay close to your siblings.
- Forgiveness - Forgiveness is the key! Siblings are friends that we never got to choose. Everyone will eventually experience a family feud or sibling rivalry. Whether it is accusing your sister of stealing your sweater or fighting with your brother for breaking your favorite toy, it is important to make a conscious effort to forgive our siblings for any childhood misdeeds. Don’t let pride get in the way of improving your relationship.
- Stay in contact - Establish ongoing communication among siblings, their spouses and their children. Share news of big events: births of babies, graduations, engagements, etc. With social media we no longer have to take time to call on the phone, we can simply send an email, share family blogs, send out a family newsletter and visit Facebook.
- Spend time together - Research shows that siblings who spend a lot of time together growing up (vacations, summer break, etc.) grow to be closer as adults. If you really want to maintain a strong relationship with your sibling it must be a priority. Make time to be with your siblings. A good relationship requires time spent with each other.