Dear Mathira and Rose Ever since I have started working my mother who is a single parent has started complaining that I don’t give her enough time. Now I know she is right in her own way but I also need to focus on my own life and career. I am finding it hard to juggle my home life along with my professional one and now both seem to be suffering. I value them equally. Please help me strike a balance between these two before it’s too late. Torn apart Rose’s advice: As long as your mother is not a toxic mom, you have to understand that as a single parent her life revolves around you. So it’s entirely understandable that now when you have started working your mother will be feeling lonely. What I suggest you do is get her busy. Ask her to volunteer somewhere or do some social work. Get her a pet or tell her to write or start gardening — there are so many things which can keep her busy and this way she won’t feel your absence that much. Just help her find something to fill the void. If you want sisterly advice on any Issue give me a shout @rosemohammed90 Mathira’s advice: When parents grow old, sometimes a role reversal occurs and they start acting like children. This is a natural process and the way of life, I know it can be extremely rough but remember your mother raised you when it was probably very rough on her. You can help her start a hobby or find new interests. Also spend some quality time with her. Try taking her out to dinner or shopping once a week. Above all tell her you love her as I think that with you starting a new life, she is probably feeling insecure. If you want sisterly advice on any Issue give me a shout @IamMathira Published in Daily Times, February 16th 2019.