Preparing Your Home For Caregiving

Am I willing to make a long term commitment to an animal? Most dogs and cats live approximately 10-12 years, but many indoor cats can live 20-25 years, and certain breeds of dogs live 15-18 years. No one can see the future, but if you have a condition or circumstance in your life where you cannot care for a pet for at least the next 10 years, do not purchase a pet whose life expectancy exceeds your availability. Let’s say you plan on moving to Europe in 5 years when you retire and you want to be free-i.e. no pets or responsibilities. You can often adopt an older pet from a shelter or breed rescue site. Or you can volunteer time at the local animal shelter instead of adopting a pet.

We are trillions of dollars in debt, since Obama came in to office out credit has downgraded not once, or even twice, but if I’m not mistaken four times.

Then you have to find a way to earn it. Start looking at your skills and interests. Start thinking about whether a job or business would be best for you. Start learning how to spot scams and where to ask for advice.

Wait It Out: It is an exercise in futility to attempt reasoning with a child – especially one in the middle of a total meltdown! Often, the tantrum will just have to run its course, so depending on where you are you may need to place the child in a safe location to wait it out. One of my daughters (she is 10 now, so this has been 5 or 6 years ago) could throw a fit the likes of which you would not believe. Dealing with tantrums with her was literally impossible, so we would put her someplace quiet to ride out the storm. Sometimes it took several hours before she wore herself out and fell asleep.

What your lifestyle is now is not what your lifestyle will be always. Stuff happens and not all of it is good. Death, divorce, products for seniors living at home and layoffs can ruin your family’s financial plans for years to come.

Perhaps most importantly, they were comfortable with Granddaddy. His last days were the most lucid he had had in a long time. He understood what hospice care was, and he realized that he wasn’t going to get better. Many people, including myself at time, were uncomfortable talking about death and had trouble treating him naturally. The staff were able to answer his questions without falling apart, which helped him to stay calm.

This all simply means that the tax code needs to be redone, and we need to remove all of those things that make it possible for people to hide money from taxes.

Love Them: Make sure they know that you love them and approve of them; it is the behavior that you will not accept. Talk about alternative ways of getting what they want or acting in that particular situation. Mistakes are a way to learn, for both the parent and the child.