48-year-old Sarah thought that she was done raising children. When her 22 year old sister, Jane, asked Sarah to babysit, she was happy to watch her twin, four-month-old nieces for the afternoon. But Jane didn’t return that evening. Or the next day. Or the day after that.
For the first two weeks Sarah stayed home from work. She lost income, believing that she needed to be home when Jane returned. Jane finally called to apologize for leaving, but made it clear that she would not be coming back for her children.