Minding Our Caregiving Matters

Denise

Minding Our Caregiving Matters

Denise
Don_and_Katie-150x150 Don and Katie.


This morning on Your Caregiving Journey, @dkridingshotgun, joined me to talk about caring for his wife, Katie. You can listen to our show via the player below.

Don spoke about blogging about his caregiving experience and the purpose behind his blog: He hopes to encourage other men to feel more comfortable asking for help during a vulnerable time, like caregiving. When I asked him why it's hard for men to ask for help, he suggested the reason begins during childhood. Young boys may be encouraged to simply suck it up rather than to freely express an emotion. (For a perspective on why it's hard for women to ask for help, listen to Saturday's show with Cheryl here.)

We talked about how Don raises his sons, ages five and three. He and Katie encourage Gabriel, who's five, to openly express how he feels about his mom's diagnosis and care. Don suggested a book for parents called The Whole-Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel.

We ended our show with a discussion about mindfulness, a coping strategy embraced by both Don and Katie. Don talked about COAL, an acronym created by Dr. Siegel which describes mindfulness: Curiosity, Openness, Acceptance and Love. In essence, mindfulness means we experience our life, rather than judge it.

Don agreed to return to the show to continue our conversation. I'll keep you posted on when we've scheduled the next show.


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