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).

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