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ChristmasCardfreestocks-org-GdAG6Un7DOs-unsplashFamily caregivers often put their lives on hold to care for their loved ones. In cases where adult children are caring for their parents, sibling dynamics can add yet another layer of complexity to the situation. You’re doing everything you can to help your aging parent(s) maintain a high quality of life. For the most part, you are succeeding, but then the holiday season arrives. This is the time of year when previously uninvolved siblings arrive for a rare family visit. They often come with their advice about how you could handle your time better, do more for Mom, and better manage Dad's medications. They’ll dole out their veiled (or not so veiled) criticism of how you are managing your parents’ finances, maintaining the house, handling activities of daily living and more. It’s enough to make a saint swear. Suddenly they are there in the middle of things, acting as if they understand every aspect of your parents’ care, your schedule, and how...

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