Mother’s day for caregivers

Mother’s day for caregivers

This Mother’s Day I’ll be thinking a lot about caregivers and about what being a mother really means.

For the Elizz readers who are currently providing care, or who have provided care, to their own mother, Mother’s Day can take on a new meaning once again.

Being a caregiver for an elderly mother can be a tough responsibility at times. One where you are constantly challenged, but also one where you overcome those challenges and find the strength to move on to the next.

As I’m about to experience motherhood for the first time later this year, I find myself imagining how I might see my family enjoying Mother’s Day in the years to come. I’m also remembering the mothers I knew who have needed care. And, I’m thinking about what will happen the day my own mother needs care.

There’s a lot to think about, and a lot to be thankful for this Mother’s Day.

For the Elizz readers who are currently providing care, or who have provided care, to their own mother, Mother’s Day can take on a new meaning once again.

Being a caregiver to your own mother can bring up a lot of emotions and sometimes even conflict. The change in dynamic can also be an opportunity to learn more about one another and experience a new kind of relationship.

Like any new relationship, a shift in dynamic can take some time to fully adjust to. Adding to the challenge is that it’s most likely a relationship that will continue to change over time.

Maintaining open and honest communication, taking time to recharge and seeking help when needed are all great ways to ensure a good relationship between you and your mother.

Elizz has many great articles that can help you form good relationships with those that you provide care for.

Like any celebratory day, it’s easy to get wrapped up in finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or the stress of making reservations at mom’s favourite place for brunch. But, what Mother’s Day is really about is time. Spending the time together and sharing memories.

Over the past several years I’ve enjoyed hosting my mom for a home-made meal. It’s an opportunity to treat her to a meal prepared with love, and to spend time together without the distractions of everyday life.

For some families, hosting a celebration at home is a good way to bring family members together and just spend time together.

Although many families will be celebrating as usual this year, for caregivers Mother’s Day has the potential to bring up emotions such as sadness or loss. While it’s valid to experience those emotions, it’s also important to find ways to celebrate the mothers you have lost or those who may be in need of care, and continue to cherish their memories through legacy activities.

How you feel about Mother’s Day is likely to change as you move through life. You’ll probably even change the way you wish to celebrate the day as relationships evolve. There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s an opportunity to do something special for your mom that is meaningful to her.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

How do you plan on celebrating Mother’s Day in 2016?

 

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