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A Grandmother Models Caregiving


Nancy VandeWater, a member of my church family, told me the following story. I believe it embodies the keys to ensuring that our children will grow up to be compassionate caregivers, so I share it with you here. Nancy’s Story: A short time ago I was to spend the day with my nine year old granddaughter, […]

4 Ways to Make Family Caregiving Fun

Involving your children in caregiving activities can be fun. All you need are a few ideas that are tailored to your kids’ ages and interests. Here are four of my favorites: Build a “Kit” Do you remember when you were a young child and it was time to go back to school and your mom […]

Caregiving – Actions Speak Louder Than Words

A wise person in the book of Proverbs states, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Yes, your actions speak louder than your words. So, if you want your child or grandchild or niece or nephew to be sensitive, caring […]

My Child Was Sexually Abused: A Parent’s Feelings


The discovery that someone you love and trust has sexually abused your child is extremely stressful and can bring up intense feelings of shock, denial, disbelief, anger, confusion, guilt and helplessness. The following story from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s pamphlet on intrafamilial sexual abuse reveals some of these common thoughts and feelings that […]

What to Say When You Learn Someone’s Child Has Been Abused

One challenge your family will face when your child has been abused will be what to say to others.  It is helpful to remember that most people have very little knowledge about the dynamics of child sexual abuse, so their questions may be naïve, ignorant and sometimes hurtful. Prepare yourself for people to possibly say […]

We Will Not Forget


On Memorial Day weekend, before you fire up the grill or pack the car to head for the beach, consider taking a few minutes to remember the purpose of the holiday. Memorial Day is an important holiday in the United States that was established to give us a time to remember and honor the men […]

Caring for a Friend Whose Mother Died

“The second Sunday in May is probably one of the least favorite days of the year for those whose moms are no longer living,” writes Laura Goldman on the Care2 blog. Laura shares that even though her mom passed away in early 2001, “sixteen Mother’s Days later, it’s still a difficult time for me.” I […]