Miriam, an accomplished artist and owner of a decorative painting company, was not prepared for her son’s diagnosis with schizophrenia. She writes about her family’s journey in her first book, He Came in With It: A Portrait of Motherhood and Madness.
You are an award-winning journalist with a recently released book: Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances. What was the problem you wanted to address with your book?
I wrote Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk because I want adult children to realize how important is it for them to talk with their parents about their parents’ finances before an emergency forces them to have this conversation. When my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 65, I had not had detailed conversations with her about her finances. As a result, we had to scramble to get legal documents drafted while she still was competent enough to sign them. We didn’t have a plan for long-term care. And I had to play detective to find out information about her finances as her memory declined and I stepped in to start managing money matters for her.
So many of us struggle with self-esteem/self-worth issues. What is at the root of this, particularly for women 40+?
An important note to discuss before I delve into this question is the distinction between self-esteem and self-worth. Although frequently used interchangeably, these terms describe different dimensions of who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Knowing who we are and understanding the way we think about ourselves is key to developing positive self-value and living a meaningful life.