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What Showing Vulnerability Means When You're a Caregiver

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That is the question! Whether you’re a mom, dad or caregiver, at some point you think: Do I let them see me cry? Many of us vehemently say “NO!” But over the years with life’s challenges including cancer, job loss, depression and anxiety, I have had to revisit this subject.

Some think you never show weakness. Whether that is to protect yourself or the ones you love, I’m not sure. As parents, our instinct is to protect our kids from painful things.

Seeing your parent cry can be very painful to the child. But is never seeing your parent cry the way to go? With two teenagers under my belt I have seen the result of not letting them see you in pain and then having them see you affected.

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