THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Tongue-Tied in Caregiving: Why is Asking and Offering So Hard?

Most days I drive across a bridge linking my neighborhood with our son Nick’s suburb. Homeless folks hang out at the stop lights either side of the bridge. They bob between the cars, hat in hand, trying to make eye contact. They smile, with or without teeth. Depending on my mood, I smile and shrug, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: The GOOD of Good Manners in Caregiving

I am reminded so often that receiving care is a skill that requires training in good manners, empathy for the caregiver and a healthy dose of polite assertiveness.  I found this old blog post from October, 2010 and I think it contains a message that’s worth repeating. It IS good to receive! Like any other ...