Summer shorts and tees purchased, washed and folded neatly in the duffle bag. Bug spray and the one allowable stuffed animal all packed. Immunization card submitted. Survival snacks tucked away. We were ready for her first week away from home on her own. My daughter was 10 years old and headed to summer pre-teen church camp.
“Mommy, keep the hall light on,” my six-year-old reminds me as I tuck his beloved blanket securely around his slender frame and lean over to kiss him good night. I’ve plugged in a night light in his room and another in the adjoining bathroom. The orange glow of the street lamp outside bounces off the wall over his bed. He already seems bathed in light, but I flip the hall light on anyway. 10 minutes later, I’m rewarded with the sweet, even-keeled breathing of a child asleep.
Honor the caregivers you know, whether they are a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. By showing them your support, you are taking away a bit of their burden, sadness, guilt or pain, if only for a moment. Not sure how you can help? Check out these 12 suggestions.
A growing number of families with young children are caring for an aging relative. Whether it’s temporary care following surgery or longer-term care due to a debilitating condition, more and more families find the best option for caring for aging parents is to invite them into the family home. How can families ease the transition and help their young children adapt to these changes in the household?
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