Fordham GSS faculty member Judith Smith, Ph.D., wrote for the spring 2022 issue of Social Work Today on how individuals caring for, living with, or worrying about a family member can implement a self-care practice to help them cope with the difficulties that come along with that responsibility.
The piece, titled “Self-Care for Older Mothers With Difficult Adult Children,” extrapolates on some of the issues discussed in Smith’s newest book, Difficult: Mothering Challenging Adult Children Through Conflict and Change.
Smith also discussed the book with us back in January. You can read the full interview here.
“These days, self-care is a popular term, often used by people who want to sell body lotions and bath products, yoga mats, and weighted blankets,” Smith wrote for Social Work Today. “It can be off-putting to hear it used so often in marketing promotions and social media campaigns—#selfcare! But the fact is, self-care is essential to everyone, especially those who are looking after the needs of others. At its most basic level, the notion of self-care is contained in the words themselves: care for the self.”