families

The Isolation Factor When Caretaking And What To Do About It

Whether you are caretaking for an aging parent, a spouse, a sibling or a child — there are more similarities than there are differences.

Whether you are caretaking for an aging parent, a spouse, a sibling or a child — there are more similarities than there are differences.

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Ask Erin: I Feel Like I'm A Burden On My Family

I feel like I am a burden on my family.

I feel like an absolute burden on my family, and whilst I know they don't resent having to help me, it does limit their freedom.

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I Refuse To Spend Christmas With My Family & I'm Happier For It

The Christmas travel was taking more and more tolls on our bodies, and we were getting grumpier every year. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

The Christmas travel was taking more and more tolls on our bodies, and we were getting grumpier every year.

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Learning To Love Myself The Way I Love My Daughter

I never want my child to doubt herself the way I do myself. I never want her to feel the anxieties that weigh me down, though I know she already senses it.

I never want my child to doubt herself the way I do myself. I never want her to feel the anxieties that weigh me down, though I know she already senses it.

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Yes, There’s A 'Right Way' To Fight In Front Of Your Kids — Here’s How

When mom and dad argue, oftentimes, the child feels responsible and that it’s their fault.

Remember vowing that when you got to be an adult you and your spouse wouldn't be fighting in front of your kids like that?

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The Summer My Mother's Progressive Arthritis Taught Me To Love And Let Go​

My mom helped me find the balancing point between caretaking and controlling because she insisted on her autonomy. “I don’t need your help in the shower,” she’d say, “and I can dress myself.”

That summer became the fulcrum of a seesaw: as my children need me less, my mother needed me more. My mother's arthritis taught me to love and let go.

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Tell Them They Are Safe (Even When You Don’t Believe It)

Tell your child something that they need to hear: they are safe, and you will stop at nothing to make sure that is always the case.

Children are not good at understanding odds. Tell them they are safe (even when you don't believe it).

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What Really Matters: A Lesson From The Dying

There is no more powerful place to learn a life lesson than at the bedside of the dying.

There is no more powerful place to learn a life lesson than at the bedside of the dying. At the end, very little matters.

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Singing Badly Together (And Other Things I Miss About Hanukkah)

These are the things I miss about Hanukkah.

When we talk about Hanukkah traditions, so often they are discussed as serious and somber. But tradition, prayers, hymns — can be joyful, silly, irreverent.

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Consent Is Hard When Your Family's Culture Demands Touching

My family's culture demands touching.

Sometimes I wouldn’t want anyone to touch me, but I had to put up with it or I would be seen as rude and cold. My family's culture demands touching.

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