When women become mothers, they learn to take care of their children; discovering the ins and outs of each little noise, mood, sleeping and eating pattern that there is to learn. As your children age, so do your parents. Depending on how old they were when they had you and when you had children will depend on if you ever become an empty nester or not. Sometimes you go from one type of caretaker to another seemingly overnight.
Just as you transition from the crying and tantrum stage, you are right back where you began; not with a child this time but with your mother or father – or both. It is not easy to say the least, but it is doable. You just have to know how to approach the challenges – and take some time for yourself – in order to deal with your parents living under your roof and needing the constant care and attention that they gave you when you were a child.
Even though your parents, under normal circumstances, would thank you for all of the help that you are offering up to them, they may seem less than grateful because they cannot remember that they have asked you to help them. They may even accuse you of hurting them emotionally or physically. You just have to know how to deal with it all.
As your parents’ caretaker, you are already displaying that you realize that With Age Comes Respect. Now you just have to keep remembering it as the challenges come in. Over the next few days we will be discussing caregiving by a son or daughter to their parents or other loved ones.