If you feel yourself resisting taking on the role of caregiver for an aging parent or other relative, you're not alone. Some of us feel grateful to be able to “give back” to a loved one who gave us so much when we were young, but others feel resistant. We find ourselves pushing back or running away. Maybe our childhoods were unhappy, or we are still getting over conflicts that go back decades.
In today's post for caregivers.com, I write about how I was a very reluctant caregiver for my mother the first few years, and how I overcame that to embrace the role and appreciate our time together.