Family Dynamics

Managing Adult Sibling Relationships During the Holidays

Dealing with adult siblings relationships during the holidays can stress you out

Posted Dec 12, 2013

We often tend to dismiss sibling stress perhaps focusing more on other relationships. Arguing, bickering, and so forth between siblings appear, on the surface, to be just normal aspects of family life. Yet, many are traumatized by these experiences and relationships. 

While there are no magic answers in terms of dealing with challenging siblings, it is important to take a deep breath and maintain reasonable expectations. The stresses, conflicts, and fears that developed when young generally don’t just go away with adulthood. Learning to manage, forgive, cope, and not attach too much to old hurts and troubles can be important. And both asking for and offering forgiveness might be a good idea too.

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Copyright 2013 Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP