There comes a point in time when you start realizing your parents need a little help. You’ll face challenges that will be life-changing, inspiring, and painful.
For most of us, we don’t really think much about it until the situation presents itself. It’s hard realizing the ones that loved and cared for you suddenly need to be loved and cared for on a new level. While facing it can be difficult at the best of times, being prepared for what’s to come can make each step a little easier. You’ll be facing quite a few things in the months and years to come.
Talking About Tough Issues
Talking to your parents about difficult topics can strain any relationship, especially if you aren’t the “share everything” kind of family. And when the topic involves things that take away their freedom, health issues, or even personal matters such as incontinence, it can be extreme. It’s best to take a head on approach and go into it without allowing it to get personal. Your mother may feel you’re asking loaded questions and fight back with everything she has. It’s best to give these sessions the time they deserve, and put your phones, tablets and other distractions away. If she knows she has your undivided attention, it can help approach the subject in new ways. Realize you might have to have conversations more than once to get to the necessary outcome. [Read more…]