By Carol Bradley Bursack, AgingCare.com
If one can believe the old Westerns, frontier women multi-tasked by rocking a cradle with their foot to quiet a squalling baby, while pounding out bread dough with her fists, bossing a full crew of young kids and maybe dodging a few bullets. Oh, yeah, since it was just days before Christmas, she would also be trying to knit a scarf for her husband during odd bits of time.
That scenario sounds like a walk in the park to some modern caregivers, especially those known as the sandwich generation because they are raising children while caring for their parents. At this time of the year, nearly every parent has one, if not several, school holiday programs to attend, plus church or other religious programs they want their children to participate in. Many have a full-time job, which often requires attendance at office functions outside of work hours, not to mention festivities during work time that pretty much require a big smile and a batch of home-made cookies. Is this your story?
Prior to your dad’s stroke and your mom’s dementia, the busy season described above would be a “normal” Christmas for you and your family – rushed but still mostly pleasant. You still would have had the emotional reserves to enjoy the cuteness of your son’s solo in his program, and the humor and time to write individual notes in your cards to friends.
How to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays originally appeared on AgingCare.com.