The comments from readers about last week’s blog highlight the ups and downs of being the consummate caregiver to children, parents, spouse. Sometimes we neglect ourselves in the process. I recently experienced that first-hand as I tried to care for my recuperating husband while coping with four broken ribs – resulting from a fall while playing baseball with my grandson! Trying to do both at the same time, I’m not sure I did either one very well.

It’s not easy to let go of the desire to take care of family but we should remember that we are family too. Let us give ourselves credit for what we do and, when needed, the permission to ease up and direct our attention inward. As Carol noted, “I think our family members know we’re doing the best we can. We’re too hard on ourselves.”

What are some ways you have learned to be “kinder and gentler” with yourself?

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