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'Dear Friends' October 2013

Week of October 7, 2013
Prayer Requests 

Always a Parent:
Worries About Adult Children

Dear Friends:

     My children were in their 20s when I asked a woman at the parish -- the mother of nine, all of them older than mine -- how she managed not to worry about her kids all the time. Her answer? "I do worry."
     A mom or dad can't turn of the worrying just because a son or daughter is 20. Or 40. Or 60. (I think of my own mom who was so concerned about me after Monica died in January.)
     These are some points to consider when it comes to taking care of a parent . . . who's worrying about you:

     Maternal or paternal instinct isnít something that can be shut off once a child reaches a certain age. In the midst of your concern for your parent, he or she is also worried about you. That concern, that love, has been a cornerstone in your relationship. Itís not about to suddenly change now.
     Your mother canít help but worry when she sees how much her problems and her needs stretch your patience, your strength, your schedule. She knows youíre overworked, frightened, and sad. You can tell her not to worry, but she does anyway. She sees the truth.
     Here are some things you can do to help ease your parentís mind ó and yours:

     You can find the rest of this Topic here. (And the list of Topics here.)

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     God bless you!


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