We set healthy boundaries at work and with friends, but rarely with our children, parent, or spouse.
A gentle but wonderful practice with boundaries is the moment someone requests your time, tell them you will look at your calendar and get back to them. (This works in every area of your life.) You have a life. Even if you know you will drive mom to the doctor or take her shopping, use that line. It slows down the knee jerk reaction With aging parents,
My daughter used the calendar line with me last week. She did read my book! The note on the signed copy for each of my four children is, “I will rue the day I wrote this book!