Voice Your Needs

Nov. 4, 2020 – After you’ve taken the plunge and set aside some time for yourself, you wonder why your nephew didn’t do anything else at your house other than just sitting with your husband until you got back. But the truth is, sometimes people don’t know what they can do. They may think their support is not needed, or maybe we simply didn’t ask them. Spare yourself grief (or even anger) by beginning to voice your needs directly. The next time the nephew steps in, let him know you need him to fold the laundry or trim your husband’s fingernails also; assign him a task that would lighten your load. 

People will always say, “If you need anything, call me.” Don’t wait for people (even other family members) to figure out what needs to be done. Learn to delegate responsibilities within the family and follow up on offers to call if you need assistance. You will find that others are willing to help when we voice our needs and let them.

Published by Ardella

I am a retired educator and a Christian Education director. My passion is teaching and writing. My book, Learning to Love Olivia, chronicles my journey in caring for my mother during her season with Alzheimer's.

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