Caroline Rules: The Good Daughter
"Real Housewife" Caroline Manzo on supporting your parents during tough times
You can only give so much financially before it starts to affect your family and my gut tells me that it isn't enough for your parents to rely on. Having said that, I think you need to be there more on an emotional level. You should talk to your mom about how she's feeling and let her know that you're there for support when she needs you.
Think about taking the load off in other areas of her life. Maybe have your parents over for dinner a couple of times a week so she doesn't have to worry about cooking. Use this time to prepare a meal together and talk. It's a helping hand for you in the kitchen and bonding time for the family. Drop her dry cleaning off for her or when you're at the market pick up a few things that she may need, saving her a trip.
Running an errand or two while doing your own may help eliminate her sense of feeling overwhelmed by her new lifestyle. One important thing to remember: Do not bite off more than you can chew. You will be of no help to anyone if you start to burn yourself out. At the end of the day just try and give your mom a reason to smile. It can be as simple as a cup of coffee, time with the grandkids or even dinner and a movie. In time your mom will adjust and maybe even begin to enjoy being out in the workforce.