I had my children so late that when I went through early menopause three years after my second child was born, I realized I’d been pushing my luck waiting so long. Truthfully, I hadn’t felt ready to have kids a minute before I did. Now though, while my kids’ peers have moms in their 30s, I am in the latter half of my 40s. And I’m also an only child of parents who are in their late 70s, placing me firmly in the sandwich generation: caring for aging parents and raising young children at the same time. I don’t have time to fall apart. There is too much relying on me. My husband and I are raising two children — including one with a significant disability — and I also work more than a full-time job for which I travel frequently. As I get older, I’m not as energetic as I once was. It’s not easy to make time for anything, even my parents. I’m not looking to abdicate the role of caregiver for them, though; I’m looking to manage it, while also trying to prevent my daughter from ending up in the same spot someday. My parents, stereotypical members… Read full this story
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