Caring for Children and Aging Parents

If you are like us, you have a little one running around your home.  While our grandmother often appreciates my son saying hello, giving hugs and showing her his new toys, she doesn’t enjoy it as much when he launches himself over the couch and on to her lap, or when he runs by and crashes into her. What to do?  Here are some of our solutions that we hope might be helpful! ...more

Questions Adult Children Need to Ask Their Parents

Little Mama had some surgery last week and being the dutiful (and only) daughter, I was right by her side to see her through it. It was also the first time she’s had anything major happened since before my  dad passed which means I was the one “in charge”.  When my dad was alive he was a classic type-a person....more

WHEN OUR PARENTS......BECOME OUR CHILDREN......AGING PARENTS.....

 WHEN OUR PARENTS BECOME OUR CHILDREN……AGING……..It can be one of the most heart wrenching times in life……when a parent gets sick……After all, our parents were there for us growing up….They nursed us, took care of us when we were sick, corrected us, put bandages on our boo boos, hugged us, told us stories….and our parents were always larger than life itself…..They were strong….Invincible…….So what do we do when our parent becomes our “child….?”...more

Good News For Caregivers: You May Live Longer

Are you one of the 65 million people currently caring for a loved one?  While most days might test your patience, increasing your stress and, perhaps, your blood pressure, a recent study has actually found that being a caregiver can extend your life expectancy....more
Oh my goodness, this could be me 100 percent.  The percent who takes anti anxiety medication and ...more

How to Tell If Your Babysitter Even Likes Your Children

There are many things to look for in a nanny or babysitter. Finding a nanny or babysitter who actually likes children should be one of them. Here are 6 ways to tell if your babysitter actually likes children, never mind yours:...more

The Invisible Constituency: Who Campaigns for Caregivers?

Regardless of our respective political leanings, we all can agree that the 2012 election cycle can only be characterized as historic. When the confetti cleared in the wee hours of November 7, nineteen women found themselves holding positions as newly elected officials. Whether on the ticket or at the campaign rallies, women and women’s issues played crucial and decisive roles in this campaign cycle. Reproductive health took center stage, followed closely by issues related to fair pay, and marriage equality. What failed to make the news feed? Caregiving....more

Life hurts...and wears you out...and just plain sucks sometimes

 I just got off the phone with my dad....more

B.U.S.Y is a Four-Letter Word

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Why Your Eye (I) is the Only Beauty Beholder That Matters

"Funny is sexy, and Jennifer Aniston is funny!," writes editors for "Men's Health" magazine who just donned Ms. Aniston THE sexiest woman of all time. By this logic, my partner's 87-year-old grandmother is a giggly, witty sexy beast in those beige orthopedics and wispy silver hair....more
@victorias_view I agree-- this has been one of my pet topics for so long, but so little has ...more

Women Caregivers: The Invisible Patients

 She's the ultimate multitasker, seemingly able to perform eighteen different tasks at the same time and still help get dinner on the table and children off to the bus. She might seem like the contemporary "every woman" with a twist: she's also a long-term caregiver for a disabled child, an ill sibling, or an aging parent. She devotes her time and attention to helping others, but who helps her? When does she get to sit down with a book or magazine to read, blissfully uninterrupted for more than five minutes? The answer: hardly ever....more