When you are a family caregiver, as opposed to taking care of a friend or stranger, your time is not your own. You will have to decide how to make your ‘job’ as a caretaker work while you are a wife and/or mother. It will be tricky, but as long as you work at it, there are ways to balance your time.
Will there be frustration? You bet there will be, but there will be something much more – the fact that you were supportive and respectful of your loved ones when the chips were down and they needed you the most.
Will family caretaking get in the way of family time? Well, theoretically there are ways to balance your time, but logically speaking, we are all human beings and the lines will most likely cross from time to time. It is up to you how many times, on what occasions, and how often you allow the lines to cross.
What I do know is that the more often you get frustrated, the more your family – both sides of them – will feel that frustration and act upon them. What will help is keeping in mind the fact that With Age Comes Respect. Once you remember what is important, you will be able to fulfill all needs – for everyone.