Don't Want to be Bitter
I feel horrible for even looking this topic up...but I'm becoming very bitter toward my siblings.
I have lived 30 minutes from my parents since I married. I have been a single mother for the past 14 years to 4 children who are now in college and are home during breaks and holidays.
My father passed away in 2013 after somewhat of a brief illness at the age of 92. My mother is 92 and will be 93 in May. She has gone down hill since my father passed away. I have 1 brother and 2 sisters that live out of state and it have always felt like it has been my responsibility to tend to my parents.
My siblings always say they appreciate all I do but it is very hard on me to juggle my mother now and my responsibilities with my children. I have worked for a school system for 23 years and I think my siblings don't realize my job and family is just as important as theirs.
I take off work without pay to take Mother to doctors appointments...she has fallen twice in the last 6 months. The first fall resulted in a broken wrist which required me staying with her for several weeks during the summer. The second fall was a week ago and thank goodness she didn't break anything.
One of my sisters pays for her to have a medical alert necklace which is a must since my father died. The other sister flies Mother to her home several times a year for a few weeks at a time and I appreciate that time...but it's not enough.
I need to get another job to supplement my salary with the school system but I can't because of the stress of caring for my mother. I know I need to talk to my siblings but I don't how to bring it up. If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it! Thanks for reading!!