As your parents head into the twilight of their lives, are you finding that you’re not just parenting your kids—but your parents, too? I have friends who are looking at caring for their mom and dad. If you’re considering it, ask these questions (from an article by Sarah J. Stevenson): Can I physically do it? “Do I have…support?” “Will I be able to make time for myself and my family?” “How will [this] affect my physical and mental health?” Am I willing to get help? Can I handle it financially? Can I “cut back on work responsibilities”? If you have a parent with dementia, can you handle “the hurtful words” that come with that? “Being a full-time caregiver can affect” every part of your life, Stevenson notes. But, it can be a blessing, too. Exodus 20:12: “ ‘Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you’ ” (ESV).

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Suggested Reading: Exodus 20:12, Leviticus 19:32