“To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were, we know each other’s heart, we share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.” – Clara Ortega
By simple definition, a family is a group consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit. Recognize that without Siblings, that definition isn’t complete. Thus, Siblings relationship is at the core of the family.
One quick litmus test to gauge the well-being of any family is to assess the relationship between the Siblings in the family. There are countless reasons why the role “Siblings relationship” play in the family can be likened to the role the heart plays to the body. We all know what happens when the heartbeat stops!
First, the relationship between Siblings give “outsiders” a significant first impression about the family. Therefore, the quality of the relationship between Siblings speaks volumes about the values, culture, ethics and morals of the family.
For instance, an unhealthy culture of siblings always yelling at themselves or fighting in public can be misconstrued as a possible indication of an uncultured or even dysfunctional family in some ways.
Parents that value the outward perception of the family will always be more intentional about fostering a healthy relationship between the children in order to provide a loving and nurturing environment for the siblings to learn, support, love and appreciate the strength in their diversity.
Next, experience has shown that no family can be in true unity when Siblings are hostile towards themselves.
A little heated argument between Siblings can cause parents to take sides with their “favorite child”.
These issues can arise in families often and can escalate from misunderstanding to quarrels and in worst situation, it can destroy the fiber of unity the siblings are expected to possess.
It goes without saying that sibling’s relationship plays a pivotal role in the overall wellbeing of the family.
In conclusion, Siblings relationship is a true reflection of what goes on in the family.
From the points above, even though Siblings are a product of the family, the family is also highly dependent on the relationship of the Siblings.