Dear Graham Norton: 'My stressed-out sister’s at breaking point – how can we take the pressure off her?' 

Graham Norton
Dear Graham Norton: 'My sister’s at breaking point – how do we take the pressure off her?'  Credit: Andrew Crowley/Alamy

Dear Graham

I was wondering if you could advise my sister. She is 43 years-old, married with two children, one of whom is autistic (he is nine, his sister eight).

Her husband is unable to work or drive for health reasons, so she does everything in the house and with the children. She works part-time and just about covers the bills. They have no mortgage, having both sold their previous houses, but still it’s a struggle financially.

We help out when we can, but it’s clearly wearing her down. She is talking about paying for someone to take her children out at weekends, as she says she can’t cope with them. But I don’t see how they can afford to do that more than once or twice.

I’m starting to feel...

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