Previously published in Examiner
Part 15 of the tips for caregivers series
If you are a Montreal parent who misses work often because you want to stay at home and drink or take illegal drugs, you have to realize you are not going to keep your job very long and your children will suffer for it. Besides not being able to provide for their monetary needs, you are setting a very bad example for them. Children learn from their parents, they learn from every situation they see around them. The situation becomes twice as bad if you are incapacitated and you also have an aging parent to care for.
Or, because of the stressful economy many Montrealers are workaholics. They spend more time at work than at home. Although the money is good, think about if you really need all that money? Yes, it would be nice to give your children everything they would ever ask for and more but is it necessary? Your children need to be with you to share activities with you, to learn from you, to laugh and joke with you. Their mental health is so fragile and the love and time a parent spends with them is just as important as all the things that money can buy.
Aging parents need quality time together with family as well. They do not have much time left on this earth. The unfortunate part, is that adult children often have to work extra hours to pay for the extra costs associated with being the caregiver for an elderly sick parent.
Information for caregivers in the Montreal Area
Memory and Alzheimer’s Help in Montreal
RedfernServices Placement Agency
A Montreal based agency operating nationwide, which provides childcare, elderly care, housekeepers, chauffeurs cooks and butlers