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Parenting Tips for Better Living

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 3, 2010

It’s a fact of life that most of us will be informal caregivers at some point in or lives to an elderly parent or relative. At the same time many of us will also be caring for our children. Being a parent while caring for a parent can lead to serious health problems. Find new ways below to reduce your care giver stress:

  • Ask for  and accept help. Be Prepared with a mental list of ways that others can help. If they want to, your older children can read a to granparents and spend quality time with them. But don’t force your kids to particpate.
  • Say ” no ” to request that are draiing, such as hosting a holiday meal.
  • Spend time alone with your kids. Go to a movie. Go for a long walk in the park. Talk to them about their day.
  • Don’t feel guilty that you are not a perfect. There are no perfect caregivers or parents. You’re doing the best that you can.
  • Join a support group for caregivers.
  • Make time each week to do something special for yourself: get a pedicure, enjoy your favorite recreational pursuit or visit friends.
  • Try to make time to be active most days of the week, eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep.
  • Don’t neglect your marriage or significant other.
  • If you begin to feel overwhelmed , speak to a qualified physician
  • Keep your sense of humor.
  • www.helpstartshere.org
  • You can find  a social worker who can help you navigate the health care system, get a nursing aide and even help you find transportation for your parents.

Source: U. S. Department of  Health and Human Services

A Parent’s Life

Reprinted from Dress for Success Empower Women & Their Families to Make Healthy Life Choices ( July 2010 Professional Women’s Group Tip Sheet)

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