If your sister doesn’t want a relationship with you, how hard should you push her to come around?
This is a tough question to answer, as it depends on what the two of you have been through to get to this point in your lives.
What I can tell you, from experience, is that family members are worth fighting for.
If you want a good relationship with your sister, no matter what’s happened in the past, you should put in the effort to build a bridge.
Is It OK to Not Have a Relationship With Your Sister?
It’s not easy to have a strained relationship with a family member.
If your sister is pushing you away, I understand how it’s difficult to maintain a positive attitude.
It’s okay to take some time for yourself to heal and process what’s going on.
You can’t force your sister to have a relationship with you, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on her.
It’s also important to remember that everyone has a different idea of what a “good” relationship looks like.
For some, it might mean talking every day, while for others it could simply be staying in touch through text or social media.
In an ideal world, we’d all get along with our family members. But in reality, this isn’t always possible.
If in your case, it’s really just not possible, you’d have to accept it. But a blood bond is strong, so it’s certainly worth fighting for a relationship with your sister.
How Do You Deal With Rejection From Your Sister?
It’s not easy to deal with rejection, especially from a family member.
If you’ve been trying to reach out to your sister and she continues to push you away, it might be time to take a step back and reassess the situation.
It’s possible that she’s just not ready to reconcile or that she doesn’t know how to deal with the situation.
If you’re feeling rejected, it’s important to talk to someone about how you’re feeling – don’t try and shoulder all of this burden in silence.
It’s also important to remember that you can’t force your sister to have a relationship with you.
You should try to respect her wishes and give her the space she needs.
At the same time, don’t give up on her completely.
It’s possible that she’ll come around in time and that the two of you can repair your relationship.
As long as you’ve made your position 100% clear, you can be hopeful that your sister will see the situation for what it is at some point.
How Do You Fix a Broken Relationship With a Sibling?
There’s no easy answer when it comes to fixing a broken relationship with a sibling.
It will take time, patience, and effort to repair any damage that’s been done.
The first step is to try and communicate with your sister.
If she’s receptive, great! If not, don’t force the issue.
Try reaching out to her in different ways – through text, social media, or even a handwritten letter (in this day and age? wow).
It’s also important to be understanding of her feelings and needs.
If she’s not ready to reconcile, that’s OK.
The most important thing is that you’re there for her when she is ready.
That’s really all you can do on your side, the other part is going to have to be left up to your sister to do.
Why It’s Important to Try and Mend Family Relationships
Mending family relationships is important for so many reasons.
First and foremost, family is supposed to be there for you – no matter what.
They’re the people who are supposed to love and support you, through thick and thin.
If you don’t have that in your life, it can be incredibly difficult to face many challenges.
Second, even if things are strained, it’s important to try and maintain a relationship with your family members.
You never know when you might need them – or when they might need you.
Finally, mending fences can be incredibly rewarding.
There’s nothing quite like finally reconciling with a family member after years of estrangement.
It can give you a whole new lease on life.
If you’re struggling with a strained relationship with your sister, don’t give up hope.
There’s always a chance that things can improve – you just have to be patient and keep trying.
Who knows, maybe one day she’ll be the one reaching out to you.
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Take It One Step at a Time…Starting Today
If you’re struggling with your relationship with your sister, it’s important to take things one step at a time.
Don’t try and fix everything all at once – it’s likely that won’t end well.
Start by reaching out to her in small ways and seeing how she responds.
If you’ve been dwelling on what to do, take action and reach out to her today!
You never know, there is a good chance that she’s a little stubborn and is just waiting for you to make the first move.
That’s certainly a common scenario I’ve seen over the years. Someone has to be the first person to make a move or be the ‘bigger’ person.
I don’t know what’s happened between the two of you, and it really doesn’t matter to me.
If you want a good relationship with your sister, there is a very good chance you can make it happen!
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.