Children Playing the Role of Caregiver
Make sure your child doesn’t become overwhelmed if they help take care of you or their siblings.
If your mobility and energy are limited because you have arthritis, your teenagers (or even younger kids) may end up helping you out quite a bit.
The National Alliance of Caregiving reports that more than 1.3 million children serve as caregivers to a parent or grandparent. It is of vital importance to the well-being of these child caregivers that they are treated as children and not as adults. Use these guidelines to help parent a child caregiver and learn some ways to keep these children from feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
Keep things “normal.”
Watch for signs of stress
Consider their duties a standard chore
Don’t put it all on one child
Don’t feel guilty about asking for help
Choose your child’s tasks wisely
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