48: Proven Methods for Developing Relationships with Half or Step Siblings

Developing relationships with siblings can be challenging.

 

Especially, if they are half or step siblings.

 

Thankfully, there are proven methods that you can use.

 

If you would like to learn how to develop better relationships with half or step siblings, you must listen to the latest podcast episode featuring Evita and Makini, ‘Proven Methods for Developing Relationships with Half or Step Siblings’:

 

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SHOW NOTES

 

Episode Title: Proven Methods for Developing Relationships with Half or Step Siblings

 

Guests: EvitaCheck out the Nomadness Travel TribeFollow Her on Twitter  *

MakiniFollow Her on Twitter

 

Music: TobyMac – Family

 

Quotables:

  • If your parents are at each others throats and they’re using you or your step sibling as a pawn, the likelihood of you even getting access to them, to build that bond, is going to be slim to none.” – Evita

 

  • “Responsibility isn’t an option. I was never given an option growing up.” – Evita

 

  • “I think the eldest sibling is one of the most unfair positions to be in, in the birth order.” – Evita

 

  • “I have friends who I’ve known, for a year or two, who show more trust and loyalty than family members.” – Makini

 

Key Lessons:

  • The impact and influence that parents have on the relationship between half and step siblings
  • How step and half siblings can begin to build or increase their bond

 

Hot Topics & Takeaways:

  • The impact that birth order can have on the development of relationships between half and step siblings
  • Evita shares how excited she is to have her step sister be a part of her Nomadness Travel Tribe and how it has brought them closer together

 

Dangers and Difficulties:

  • Issues that must be resolved before step and half siblings can establish healthy and lasting relationships with one another
  • The effects of distinguishing a sibling as your “step” or “half”, rather than simply as your brother or sister

 

Experience is the Best Teacher:

  • Evita shares about the strong bond that is develop between siblings who live and grow up in the same household together
  • Malika explains how she was able to develop close relationships with her half siblings who were living in the US and overseas

 

Fun Times & Stories

  • Evita tells a funny story of the time she almost went nuts having to watch her baby brother for 15 minutes
  • Evita tells the hilarious story of how her 16th birthday did not turn out how she expect…at all

 

Hold Yourself Accountable:

You decide where people fit in your life. Don’t hinder yourself or a half or step sibling from establishing and developing a valuable bond.

 

Apply the Principles:

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)

 

Take Action Now:

  1. Acknowledge that there is value in a relationship with your half or step siblings
  2. Do all that you can to establish a relationship with your half or step siblings
  3. Remove the labels and distinctions
  4. Always treat them with love, regardless of how they may feel about you or respond to your desire to want to get to know them better

 

Show Some Love:

Please leave me a comment or a private message answering the following questions:

 Do you have any half or step siblings? If so, how is your relationship with them?

 

4 Comments
  • Cori
    September 26, 2014

    That´s a great podcast. You´re right about the labels, my son has a “step-sister”, but I always say she´s my daughter, so my son calls her “sister”. After all we are all brothers and sisters with a loving Father. Have a great weekend!

    • Jay
      October 10, 2014

      That is so beautiful!

      It’s great that you don’t make any distinctions when it comes to her and as a result your son doesn’t either. You have set an amazing example Cori!

      Thank you so much for sharing that and the cute photo too!

      Also, you are right about us all being brothers and sisters in God’s royal family. That is so true.

      God bless you and have an amazing and blessed weekend too!

  • HL
    December 21, 2015

    I just came across this podcast. I found it very interesting. I can’t say that I related because I have half sisters that I didn’t grow up with and they were older with me. I didn’t see them must growing up. They all have kids and some have grand kids. We are all cool with each other but I felt if we grow up together it would have been different.

    • Jay
      December 22, 2015

      Hey HL! How’s it going?

      Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to the podcast. I hope that you enjoyed it.

      I can only imagine how differently relationships developed when siblings grow up together and when they don’t.

      I pray that you are able to continue to develop a strong and lasting relationship with your sisters.

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