[00:00:00] Cris Roskelley, LMFT: Hey, everyone. Welcome to Sandwich Generation Squeeze. Real conversations to support the generation squeezed between caring for children and aging parents. I’ m Cris Roskelley, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
[00:00:19] Dianne Kraaijvanger, PsyD: And I’m Dr. Dianne Kraaijvanger, a Licensed Psychologist. You know, Cris, just the title alone, Sandwich Generation Squeeze. It’s a great visual, but what is the sandwich generation?
[00:00:28] Cris Roskelley, LMFT: The sandwich generation describes people in that tricky phase sandwiched between raising kids and caring for their aging parents… and feeling the squeeze.
[00:00:37] Dianne Kraaijvanger, PsyD: I am so excited to be doing this podcast with you. This is like a dream come true because we’re both friends and therapists, and we are card-carrying members of the sandwich generation. After all of our years together, we realized there is a gap in support for those dealing with the many stressors at this stage of life.
[00:00:55] Cris Roskelley, LMFT: Yeah, it can be so hard to find the time and energy when you’re feeling squeezed to be a good partner, parent, and child. You’re juggling so many different things. Financial issues, relationship issues, plus your career. So we just want to have some deep, and not-so-deep, conversations about all of the stressors involved in the Sandwich Generation Squeeze. We’re going to have some tips, tools, resources, and some funny stories. It’s going to be great.
[00:01:24] Dianne Kraaijvanger, PsyD: Yeah, and for some episodes we’re going to have guests and, for others, it’s just going to be you and me talking. And we’re going to talk about all different things. We’re going to be talking about how to find balance, how to set boundaries, manage stress, and improve health and relationships. We’re going to be talking about how to juggle everything that you just mentioned. How do we juggle careers, cope with loss, the feelings that come with caregiving like burnout, anxiety, and guilt.
[00:01:48] Cris Roskelley, LMFT: I’m so excited about the guests that we have queued up for the Sandwich Generation Squeeze. We have some big hitters who are going to add so much flavor to the SGS conversation. Each episode, we’re also going to feature a halftime show where we’re going to read and answer questions from our listeners. So if you’d like to submit a question or suggest a future topic, just head over to our website at sandwichgenerationsqueeze.com. Here we go!
[00:02:14] Dianne Kraaijvanger, PsyD: One of the important things for everyone to remember is that our podcast does not constitute a specific therapeutic relationship or advice. It’s us talking, real relationships. And we’re going to have new episodes each and every week, and you can find us wherever you normally listen to your podcasts, especially on Apple. So subscribe now so you never miss an episode, and please share us with your friends. It would be awesome if you would rate and review the show, which helps new listeners find us.
[00:02:41] Cris Roskelley, LMFT: We really want to have real conversations about this unique time of life and help everybody get through it with grace, self-care, patience, and humor. We are here to help you through the sSandwich Generation Squeeze, and we just can’t wait to have these conversations with you.
[00:02:57] Dianne Kraaijvanger, PsyD: Looking forward to it, Cris!