The Working Daughter Manifesto

The Working Daughter Manifesto

How do we do it all? This is how we balance eldercare, career, and life.

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13 Mantras for Working Daughters

13 Mantras for Working Daughters

We live by these mantras. Keep them handy for when you need a boost.

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The Working Daughter Bill of Rights

The Working Daughter Bill of Rights

You have the right to have a life and yes, even to have some fun.

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7 Ways To Build Trust At Work

Trust is the currency we trade for flexibility. When you are a caregiver, life is unpredictable. But if there is one thing you can predict, it is that caregiving will at some point interfere with your paid work. Before that happens, do what you can to build and maintain trust at work. Trust is the […]

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10 Things To Do When You’re Not Okay

Sometimes, we’re just not okay. We hurt, grieve, stress, burn out. It’s part of life but it makes us comfortable – and it can really make the people around us uncomfortable. But it’s okay to not be okay. It’s normal not to be okay sometimes. It’s normal to be okay and not okay in the […]

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The Working Daughter Guide to Managing Stress

Stress! It’s inevitable in a Working Daughter’s life, but that doesn’t mean it has to rule (or ruin) your life. Even if it’s for only 10 minutes a day, it’s key we find some ways to counter the pressures that often accompany caregiving. Exercise and meditation are awesome stress boosters. And we have a few […]

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On Pity Parties, Panicking and Power Anthems

Last week sucked.  1 trip to the Genius Bar 2 crying episodes in public 3 trips to local computer recovery experts  4 tech support calls 5 new pieces of equipment  6 hours of configuring a new laptop 7 days without a computer But it wasn’t just the broken computer, it was everything. Or was it? […]

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Maybe This Is Why Our Parents Reject Our Help

It is so frustrating when our parents don’t accept our help or listen to our advice, isn’t it? We expect our teenagers not to listen to us, but our parents, shouldn’t they know better? It doesn’t seem so. Almost daily, a member of the Working Daughter community expresses their extreme frustration that their parent won’t […]

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The Working Daughter Guide To Hospital Stays

As a Working Daughter, chances are high that at some point you will have to support your parent through a hospital stay  –  planned or unplanned. No fear! We have compiled all of our advice about hospital stays into this handy guide. Did you just get “the call?” Maybe your life was moving along at […]

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The Working Daughter Guide to Summer

Summertime. The livin’ may be easy, but the life of a working daughter is not. Still, you can make the most of the warm weather and long days. And to help you, we’ve compiled this roundup of articles to help you plan a vacation, or a daycation, balance your kids’ needs with your parents’ needs, […]

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8 Daycation Ideas for Working Daughters

Working Daughter you need a vacation. I know. I know. You can’t make it happen. There’s work and care, and care, and work and bills. Besides, the stress of planning for a vacation feels like it outweighs the benefit of actually taking one, right? Okay then don’t take a full-fledged vacation. But promise me, you’ll […]

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6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Make Your Workplace More Caregiver-Friendly

No doubt, the American workplace could use a serious overhaul when it comes to accommodating the fact workers have lives outside of the job. The United States, after all, is the only country in the developed world without a national maternity leave policy and one of thirteen countries in the world that does not guarantee […]

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A Call to Include Eldercare in the Paid Leave Conversation

The frustrating news: too often conversations about the need for paid leave focus only on parenting and omit eldercare. The good news: The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, legislation that would create a national family and medical leave insurance […]

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No, Caring For Your Parents Is Not “Parenting”

Caring for an aging parent is often referred to as a role reversal when the parent becomes the child and the adult child becomes the parent. It’s an understandable analogy; adult children are often called on to help their parents with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing and feeding. If a parent has cognitive […]

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8 Tips for Caring for Someone with Incontinence

This is sponsored content written by me in partnership with Depend® brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Lookout for a special offer from Depend brand at the end of this post.  “A hidden condition that is secreted by many and often feared due to loss of independence and quality of life.” This is […]

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