3 Things BBC’s “Call the Midwife” Taught Me About Caregiving

I don’t watch much television, but when I do, it’s usually late at night and either reruns of 90s classics (Friends) or a “new” show (to me), BBC’s Call the Midwife. I watched the first two episodes and I was hooked. The series begins in the 1950s with Jenny – a young, beautiful, newly-qualified midwife, […]

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How We’ve Built Child Rearing Around Empathy

I firmly believe that children are born with much of their personality intact. I look at my two littles and think (often) that they couldn’t be more different from one another personality-wise, and yet – born and raised by the same two parents in much of the same manner. One aspect of their character development […]

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Adaptive Wear – Sew Many Options!

Disability and mobility problems present unique challenges for dressing and undressing. I’m all for encouraging independence if possible and so, we approached the clothing challenges as a team. He explained what was difficult for him to do – and we came up with solutions that were paced and appropriate for his needs. Fortunately – or […]

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What to Ask Before Switching to a Generic Drug

Caregivers spend a lot of time making important decisions with – and for – their darlings that may have great or little impact. For me, it’s difficult to assess whether a decision we are contemplating is the right one, which is why I rely on the experts around me who are intimately aware of our […]

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How to Cope with Caregiver Grief: A Q&A with Bishop John Abdalah

Grief is a normal, healthy response to any loss or perceived change. Sometimes, when there are multiple losses, untimely losses (in the case of younger people), losses that involve loss of income or involve children, grief can be complicated. As caregivers, we mourn the losses of our loved one as they lose various physical functions, […]

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5 Caregiving Tools to Help Sniff Out an Infection

Every caregiver has a list of essential items that they keep on hand, and close by, for quick access in a pinch. My list isn’t long, but they all serve a special purpose – mostly to put my mind at ease – but also sometimes to save my darling’s life, or at least avoid a […]

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Do You Fear the Unknown? Yeah – me too.

I’ve had the privilege of knowing others in similar situations – caregiving for a loved one who is dealing with a life-long and progressive condition. Something we all share is a level of anxiety that is uncommon in the general public and usually results from a shared fear of the unknown. But what are the […]

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5 Tips to Successfully Advocate for Your Person as a Caregiver

To say that I have an assertive personality is an understatement. I don’t believe in destiny, but it’s almost as if someone up there knew that I’d need to have a loud voice and the gumption to survive caregiving. There have been many moments where these personality traits have served me – but mostly my […]

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Fast and Frugal: Two Recipes Using One Value Pack of Chicken Breast

Sometimes being fast and frugal are necessary things. When I became a mother for the first time, I discovered that one of the most useful tools in my kitchen was a slow cooker I had received as a bridal shower gift almost five years earlier. Since this discovery, I’ve purchased two other slow cookers (one […]

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United Against Constipation & A Recipe

Let’s start this off with a disclaimer – I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Always seek medical advice from licensed medical expert if your loved one is experiencing gastrointestinal issues causing constipation, or irregularities in bowel movements. With that said, what I can say is that for us: chronic condition + medications = constipation. It’s an […]

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