A Generation Xer's caregiving journey

When you have to say “no” to an elder

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We know what happens when a child throws a temper tantrum, but what to do when an elder throws one?

Recently I had to tell Gram “no” on several things, thanks to the economy. One would think that she being a child of the depression, that this wouldn’t be anything new.

I tell her that I haven’t forgotten, but I would like to get paid so that I can get the things for her. After all, she’s gotten so many things for me.

There was one time she nearly cried because I brought up a sensitive topic. The best thing I could do was to table it, which is the strategy I am using for most requests unless it absolutely essential like food,  and shelter.

How do you handle it when you and your elder have a disagreement?

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