Do you get along with your siblings?
I have a younger brother and a younger sister and we do not get along. As adults we do not have a close relationship with each other. My sister and I rarely talk and my brother and I never talk. I am sad that I do not have a closer relationship with my siblings and I wish I could fix it but I don't think I can.
I have been wondering a lot lately what I can do while raising my kids to help them build a strong bond. I would be very sad and feel like I failed them somehow if they don't get along as adults. I want them to be there for each other and be able to support each other as teens and adults. I want them to raise their families together too. I want my kids to know that even after their dad and I am gone that they have each other to lean on.
I see other adults who have these great relationships with the families and I am jealous. If you have a good relationship with your siblings do you have any advice? What can I do to help my children to get along throughout their lives?
After all, they are the only people who will know you for the entirety of your life. Demonstrating a good relationship with your own siblings (assuming they aren't horrible, abusive people) will teach your children that this is the way things should be.
I feel the same way about wanting my children to have strong bonds and will feel like I have failed if they are not close. I've always wanted a close knit family since moving away from all of my own family.