Family Relationships & Conflict
Dysfunctional family relationships rise to a new level when it’s time to care for aging parents. Past history—like sibling rivalries or perceived favoritism — resurfaces when caregiving becomes a role. Siblings can disagree about what parents want. Anxiety, emotional distress, and frustration run high. Dysfunctional family relationships are common. Gain confidence that managing conflict is possible. Increase your coping skills and find solutions.
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Check out articles by Pamela written especially for family caregivers.
Emotionally challenging caregiving situations are more common than caregivers might think. Family members are often embarrassed that family caregiver relationships are imperfect. If your family doesn't get along, you're in good company. Challenges are common in family caregiving situations b...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
Do family care receivers experience gaps in the quality of care provided by family caregivers? A common belief is that family caregivers are the best caregivers. Perceptions exist that the relationship between the family caregiver and the family care receiver is of better quality than a relati...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
How many times do we hear adult children say “my parent is stubborn” or “my parent is difficult”? How often is caring for stubborn elderly parents an accurate assessment of the true situation? Does the definition of a “stubborn parent” arise because a parent may be starting t...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
Many adults find themselves raising children and caregiving for aging parents or grandparents. When I was young, my mother was very good about taking me to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members who were aging and already in need of care. In many families this activity d...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
Managing caregiving and cancer brings up aspects of planning and learning to manage up and down emotions. In addition to these considerations is the increasing amount of time a caregiver will likely need to devote to the care of an aging parent, spouse, or other loved one. Caregiving is more of...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
By Pamela D Wilson MS, BS/BA, CSA, NCG The holidays are a time when families come together and gifts are shared. How many of you have childhood memories of not getting what you wanted? Because of this memory you may have been a parent who gave your child everything he or she wanted—and you...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
Imperfect family relationships impact caregiving relationships. When families come together in caregiving situations, at family or holiday reunions, or when family members interact in the general course of life, there are often past relationship glitches or hurts that remain an underlying curre...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
Interview with Dr. Susan Heitler, Clinical Psychologist (podcast 10:29 playing time) Learn starters for difficult conversations around family caregiving conversations by listening to this interview with Dr. Susan Heitler. Click the Play button below to listen: ...Free Family Library - Click Here to Listen
Tips to Manage Strained Family Relationships The responsibility of caregiving places significant strain on family relationships. Being realistic and honest preserves relationships. ...Free Family Library - Click Here to Watch
Navigating the family dynamics of caregiving can be challenging. Many family members, including aging parents disagree on how or where care should be provided. When these concerns were not previously discussed and a crises occurs, family disagreements are common due to the pressure of having to...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
A woman I know is losing her mind; she has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. However, despite the frustration, anxiety and fear she faces on a daily basis, she remains thankful. Thankful that her family survived the terrors of the concentration camps and was able to journey to the Unite...Free Family Library - Click Here to Read
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