My name is Callum, and I am a young caregiver.
My name is Callum, and I am a young caregiver. I care for my mom who is bipolar and has stress and my brother who has autism.
When she gets sad or stressed, I help her destress. I talk to her to calm her down. Sometimes we just go for a walk or swing on a swing. That helps her. I also breathe with her to help her calm down.
I don’t like it when my mom is sad. It makes me sad. And I don’t like being sad.
I also help my brother calm down when he gets upset or angry. We hold hands. We sit back-to-back and rock back and forth. That calms him down. I know what to do to help him because I know how to help calm my mom down.
My sister has gone to Powerhouse for a long time, and I finally got to go there. I like it and I like talking to the people there and I like the activities we do. I don’t talk to the other kids about how they help someone at their home. But it is nice to know that they are also caring for someone at home.
At Powerhouse they call me and the other kids superheroes because of what we do at home. That makes me proud of myself.
“I don’t like it when my mom is sad. It makes me sad.”
– Callum, 6 Years Old, Caring for his mother and brother