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Caregiving Youth

By Hannah Lee, Staff Writer

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Creating time to be a family outside of caregiving tasks is a great stress reliever for the whole family.   Try to remember all the things you used to do as a family.  It could be something simple as an hour at your neighborhood park or a night out for pizza just as long as it is time away from the responsibilities of caregiving.  If it is not possible for you to get away, plan a game night at home to laugh and enjoy each otherís company. 

Children in a caregiving role often must neglect outside friends and activities because of the responsibilities at home.  Perhaps they need to come home right after school because the parent is still at work and someone needs to take care of the ailing person.  Or they may be embarrassed to invite friends over in fear of what they might think.  In turn, they become isolated from the rest of the world. However, it is important for kids to maintain relationships with people their own age.  Even if it is just one afternoon a week, try to find a way for your child to play with friends or join an activity group. 

Just as adult caregivers often must juggle the responsibilities of work and caring for a sick family member, children also play a dual role as student and caregiver.  And often children suffer at school because they didnít get a chance to finish their homework the night before because they were helping the ailing person, they had to get up very early to bathe and dress that person or they are simply worried about what is happening at home.  As a parent, it is so important to make certain your child is adequately prepared for school each day.  And talk to your childís school to let them know the situation at home. If they understand the added constraints, teachers and school administrators can be a valuable asset in your childís wellbeing.

Valuable traits such as independence and confidence often go hand in hand with the responsibility of caring for another person.  And children learn valuable life skills that other children may not learn until much later in life.  However, what is important is that your child is getting all the support and encouragement they need to be not only a successful caregiver and student, but also have time to be a kid. 

Please visit www.aacy.org to learn more about the American Association for Caregiving Youth and what you can do to help your child.

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