Harvey, Jennifer
December 2008
Community Care;12/11/2008, Issue 1751, p8
The author chronicles her experience of being squashed between supporting elderly parents and helping care for grandchildren. She stresses the need of young families to work and to look to their own parents for support. She relates her activities for a week which include working with an autism, taking his father to a doctor and cleaning the house.


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