Caring for yourself as the caregiver is Key to Caring for Your Kids

Taking care of yourself as the caregiver is key to caring for others. If you are a parent of a teenagers or young children struggling with present sibling rivalry , avoiding a future “I Hate You” story starts with caring for yourself
Enrolling in activities that help you –the Mom or Dad —take care of your self, will help your kids in moving through the shoals of sibling boundary issues. You might choose yoga, massage, journaling, meditation, or increased socialization. Mindfulness could be a practice you investigate.
Young children who have brother and sister issues demand time and attention from you, the parental caregiver. Your first job is to care for them, but you cannot do that if you are not emotionally strong and centered yourself. Getting to that point means caring for the caregiver and using caregiver tools to make yourself the best mom, dad, step mom, or step dad you can be. You can help yourself overcome present and future sibling rivalry issues by making a list of activities to nurture yourself so you can expend al the energy it takes to deal with sibling issues..

About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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