Care Partner of Adult
Managing Parental Worry
My son is in his early 20s and I do not live with him, so he is therefore responsible for his own health maintenance (though his father still pays for his health insurance). But I watch him NOT taking care of himself the way I taught him to regarding managing his UC symptoms and overall health. I am well aware of a parent's need to step back and let children become self-sufficient grownups who can manage themselves, but what do I do if I believe he is hurting himself by not practicing good dietary habits (like he used to when I had a say)? I worry that the repurcussions of his irresponsiblity will fall on my shoulders when he needs medical care that requires support from a caregiver, and we do not even live in the same state anymore.