You've always admired your mother's sapphire brooch, which she promised you several years ago, but the keepsake went to your sister-in-law instead. The high ground is to appreciate that your memories are the most important reminder of your mother and your relationship with her. If you can calmly talk to your sister-in-law, try it.
No doubt about it, Dad is starting to need help at home. But your brother doesn't want him to spend any of the money and, you suspect, it's because he doesn't want dad to deplete brother's potential inheritance. Encourage your father to spend money to make his life easier and assure him that such spending is appropriate.
You and your siblings haven't been on speaking terms for years, but now that Mom and Dad need help, their care is slipping. Talk with your parents face-to-face. Tell them you just want to help and ask them to be honest with you about their needs, then share that information with your siblings.
The devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease have taken their toll on your dad and now you are suffering, too. He wanders the house keeping you awake all night, but your brother refuses to discuss the situation. Contact your brother and let him know that you cannot look after your father alone and that you would like more direct support from him; otherwise, you will have to seek help elsewhere.
You were thrilled to assume ownership of the family business when your brothers and sisters moved away. But you didn't bargain that you would have all the responsibility for Dad's care. Keep your brothers and sisters informed about how your father is doing and if you have specific needs, let your siblings know what they are.
Since you moved hundreds of miles from home for a great job, your sister has assumed the care of your parents. But you feel left out. Offer to help with from a distance, ordering items your parents might need online and having these things shipped to your parents' house, setting up automatic bill paying for your mom and dad, and helping your sister keep track of their appointments.
You're at the hospital where your mom's sudden stroke has left her in a coma with little possibility that she will survive. A family member wants to discontinue life support, and tempers flare. Why not involve a third party such as a hospital social worker who is accustomed to dealing with such situations?
You're surprised when your dad calls to say he wants to move to a care community and that he wants you and your siblings to pick out the place. It could be that your dad is just overwhelmed at the idea of being alone in a big house that he can no longer maintain. Find out if that's true.
You just received the big promotion you've always dreamed of and, as the youngest and as Mom's presumed favorite, you have taken over the job of her care since she fell. You're struggling with depression and resentment because your brothers and sisters won't step up to help. Call a meeting with all of your siblings and find out if they are willing to discuss the situation.