WE WANTED to hear from some adults who experienced divorce as kids when their parents separated to get their perspective on how it affected them. We spoke with 4 people ranging in age from 30 to mid-50 and found a range of experiences - from pretty traumatized to pretty matter-of-fact.
Devon Roberts, Sarah Gonzales and Jessica Cochran collected these voices.
From youngest to oldest (left to right):
Hannah, Christina, Clifford and Rebecca
OFTEN IT SEEMS people come to appreciate their siblings a little later in life, especially when they no longer all live under the same roof. Siblings who were our worst enemies as children can become our best friends as adults through coming to appreciate our shared experienced and common memories.
Such is the case with the Lien siblings. Rebecca, Clifford, Christina and Hannah - all adults living near one another in Alaska - consider each other their best friends and closest confidantes, and they credit their mom, Deborah, for encouraging their closeness.
Contributor Jessica Cochran spent an evening with this fun and energetic family to learn about their sisterly and brotherly love for each other.
MILLIONS IN THE United States are caring for aging parents, as well as raising children at the same time. This group of people who are caring for family members on both ends of the age spectrum are called The Sandwich Generation.
This story originally featured on Show 33: Coping with Caregiver Stress.
As part of a family, caring for ill or aging parents, siblings, children, spouses or grandparents is often a reality for people of all ages and it’s not an easy job. There is much emotion wrapped up in seeing to the everyday needs of someone you love. This time on KTD we're looking at caregiver stress from three different angles: caring for the chronically ill, caring for aging parents and caring for a mentally ill family member.
IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales in the studio to discuss caregiver stress are three guests.
• Gary Barg is the founder of Today's Caregiver magazine.
• Francine Harbour is the director of the Anchorage chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
• Sandra Kerns is the program developer and manager for Oncology Support Services at Providence Alaska Medical Center where she also oversees the Susan Butcher Family Center, The Healing Arts Program, and Clinical Support Groups
DID YOU KNOW? 40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with approximately a quarter to half of these caregivers meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depression. [Source: National Family Caregivers Assoc.]
- Kids & Stress - Parents may be unaware of how the way in which they handle stress (or don’t) is being observed and absorbed by their kids. KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran reports on some interesting findings from Stanford. [Full story]
- The Sandwich Generation - Millions of Americans are caring for aging parents, as well as raising children at the same time; this group of people who are caring for family members on both ends of the age spectrum are called The Sandwich Generation. KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales spoke with journalist, columnist and speaker Carol Abaya whose Sandwich Generation Survival Course has been supporting this demographic for many years. [Full story]
We've got two more clips to share from this week's show on Love & Family Relationships and today's extras are both on the topic of having healthy relationships with parents - as an adult child.
In the clip "reinventingwithmom" below - Dr. Newman talks about reinventing adult relationships with mother, how the word "no" can come in handy and accentuating the positive.
In the clip "dadsand18" (after the jump) - Dr. Newman answers the questions:
Are adult relationships with one's father different than with one's mother?
What's an 18-year old to do when mom and dad say - see ya, kid, you're an adult now?