If you are part of the “sandwich generation”, caught between having to provide for your children’s college education and your parents’ care, while planning your own retirement, you are probably feeling the pinch. It’s not easy to take care of everyone’s needs and also take care of yourself. This Zone will help you regain control of your life and face the important tasks before you.
|How do people in your family typically care for their parents? Does the older generation support themselves, or do they move in with their children?|
|Things to Talk About|
|According to the National Association of Female Executives, more than half of working women say taking care of aging parents affects their relationships with children, and 62 percent say that care-giving has an impact on their relationships with significant others. Of women caring for an elder, a whopping 89 percent report an increase in stress and 37 percent report feeling exhausted.Pick the question your Club finds most interesting. If there’s still time, pick another one — or make up your own!
|Catch Yourself Doing Something Right|
|Share your success with your fellow Club members:
|What Will You Do Today?|
|Choose one Small Step to do before next meeting, and pledge to the group to do it. To select that 15-minute exercise, ask yourself these questions:
Don’t drive yourself crazy. Remember, you can do anything for 15 minutes! For example:
You get the picture. This is like Goldilocks. Don’t try to do too much. Don’t try to do too little. Do it just right.
|Money Attraction Affirmations|
|Choose one affirmation to motivate you to achieve your goals, something like:
|The Money Zone for Next Meeting|
|Cast your vote: Does your Money Club want to stay in this Money Zone, or do you want to move on to the next Money Zone?If your group decides to Stay in the Zone then, future Money Star, check out these fun articles so you can discuss them at your next meeting. Even if your group decides to move to the next Zone, you still can explore these on your own.The Sandwich Generation Explodes
Planning for Aging Parents
When Your Parents Can’t Live Alone
|Just For You|
|Before the next Money Club meeting, do the Just for You Exercise called Taking Control.Don’t skip a meeting if you don’t get this done. Half of life is showing up, Money Clubs included. You can tell the group you didn’t get it done, and they will encourage you (not bug you) to make a date to do it soon.Discussion questions for your club meeting: