Caregiving

7 #CareGiving Joys and Challenges

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Being responsible for a person (or pet’s) well being is an honorable and sometimes under-appreciated endeavor. Think of all the ways we appreciate those who care for us: Servers in restaurants Flight attendants Pilots, bus drivers, and train engineers Housekeepers in hotels Teachers Nurses and doctors and many others in hospitals and clinics Some of… read more

Enough Sleep for Children & New Parents

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Best Gift I Gave Our Girls: Enough Sleep If you are a caregiver, helping your children or parents get enough sleep is an important part of the job! You need good sleep too! Both children and adults need sleep to function at their best. Adults need 7-8 hours per night. Children need more than 12… read more

CareGiving for Minor to Chronic Injury

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It’s Never Fun to Deal with Pain. Whether it is your own pain, or you are a caregiver for someone else, dealing with pain can take over your world for a time. I know. In 1997 I was told I had to have knee surgery, that it was the only way to end my knee… read more

CareGiving Nutrition

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You Are What You Eat? (I don’t remember eating a sexy beast this morning!) Caregiving nutrition is the first of three areas caregivers find themselves caught up in when giving care to their children, pets, parents, and even themselves. The other two are often pain management, and sleep. Much of our days revolve around food.… read more

Self-CareGiving Matters!

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Are You an Automatic CareGiver? If you are in a caregiving role, taking care of your children, your pets, or your parents, this role is sometimes all consuming. Especially if you are caregiving for multiple people! So are you giving the most important person some care as well? This blog is about caregiving for YOU.… read more

CareGiving Joys and Challenges: Your Pets

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Some People Are Pet People. Cat people. Dog people. Horse people. I know people who love their pet chickens, too! Our daughter would like to have goats. If you love pets, you can’t imagine life without them! Dr.Jessica Vogelsang (aka Dr. V) has a blog post I particularly like, where she talks about the kid-gene… read more

CareGiving Joys and Challenges: Your Parents

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Flipping the Coin: Parenting Your Parents Some families joke about it: I changed your diaper, you’ll change mine. It’s good for a laugh…until it becomes true. Caregiving for your parents is often uncharted territory, and can develop slowly, or instantly. Serious illness or dementia aside, even relatively normal aging presents challenges to both the parents… read more

CareGiving Joys and Challenges: Your Children

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Parenting is a Special Journey The Joys of Your Children Parenting is not for everyone. But if you have jumped into the ring of parenting (yes, a bit like the ring of fire!) you have probably found the sweet spots…sometimes. As with most CareGiving, it’s about remembering to notice and hold onto those special moments… read more

Count the Coincidences (I count 5)

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Personal Story Blog I was recently in the northern woods of Minnesota, picking up our daughters after a month of summer camp. Coincidentally my birthday fell on the day before camp ends, the same day they have a huge celebration called International Day. This event brings about a dozen different camps (all are immersion language camps) together to celebrate… read more