My sisters are extremely critical of my caregiving decisions even though they never take the time to help out or visit our aging parents. What can I do about their negativity?

Asked by: Jacqueline Hatch |Posted on: November,20 | Viewed: 387 times

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I am sorry to hear this. You are doing something so selfless in caring for your aging parents and do not deserve their negative criticism of your efforts. When you experience someone negative who is upsetting you, the best course of action may be to not engage them at all. Keep doing what you are doing and try your best to ignore their criticism. 


Another option may be to join a caregiver support group, whether in person or online (https://caregiversupport.wordpress.com/about/). Here, you will find others in a similar situation to your own, who can empower you and support you in your efforts. 

Keep in mind that one of the main reasons for your sisters complaining might be to take attention away from the fact that they are not helping care for your parents. Be confident that what you are doing is good for the family, and understand that your sisters probably feel a bit of shame or guilt that they are not helping out. It is easier for them to criticize your efforts than to own up to the fact that they are not there. Stay strong and if you need more support, feel free to visit the Seniorly Resource Center for articles on caregiving.


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