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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8 Tips for Balancing Caregiving and Career

One weekend last summer I got a call that something was wrong at my parents’ house and could I go check on them immediately. I left the house the next morning and didn’t return for a week. It turned out they were both sick and in seven days I admitted my father to the ER, […]

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Join Our Twitter Chat TONIGHT 11/17

TONIGHT on Twitter we’re talking about how to balance caring for aging parents with career, kids and life. Please join us as we discuss how to get flexibility at work, how to prepare for a crisis, ways to practice self care. Follow me @hello_ladies and use #workingdaughter. I’ll be giving away some of my favorite […]

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The Working Daughter Interview: Phyllis Myung

Phyllis Myung is a freelance communications and social media consultant and a blogger at Napkin Hoarder. Phyllis is learning to prioritize self care, but still struggles with caregiver guilt. Where and when do you feel most competent? Probably at church – the expectation is not to be perfect, so I feel like I can stand […]

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Dear Caregiver, What You’re Feeling Is Normal

Dear Caregiver, I want you to know that what you’re feeling is normal. It’s normal to feel like caregiving is a burden, not a blessing. It’s normal to want this all to be over. It’s normal for hating yourself for feeling that way. It’s normal to enjoy aspects of your parent’s age and illness – […]

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In Fact I Do Want to Build a Snowman

As a working mother, I get it; last winter was almost our undoing. My Facebook feed was full of friends clinging to sanity like a snowflake clings to an eyelash. These women were done. Done with the shoveling. Done with the cabin fever. Done with arts and crafts and glitter and glue guns. Done with the hats and mittens […]

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Book Review: Being Mortal a Must-Read for Caregivers

A nurse practitioner who works with the elderly told me Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is, “perhaps the most important book of our times,” and I agree. Gawande, a surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a bestselling author, gives us an unflinching look at illness and death and suggests a better path forward […]

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10 Questions to Ask A Senior Living Referral Agency

Perhaps you’ve wanted to approach your parents and talk to them about moving to senior living. The house is too much for them to manage, or the staircase is getting long and steep. They are isolated and you’re too far away to support them. But before you broach what could be a difficult conversation, you […]

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I’m An Adult Now

When did you first know you were an adult? SheKnows asked me that question and I answered here. It had nothing to do with mothering and everything to do with daughtering. What was your aha moment?

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Caregiving is a Gift

Caregiving is a gift. I hear it all the time. “What a gift it is to care for the people who cared for you.” “How wonderful to be able to give back. What a gift.” “How rewarding. What a gift.” These platitudes are usually uttered by two types of people: those who have never been […]

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6 Apps for Family Caregivers

Busy caregivers need to be as productive as possible. Luckily, more and more app developers are creating tools that make it easier for us to multitask from waiting rooms, monitor our parents’ health and meds, communicate with doctors and siblings, and ask for the help we so desperately need. Here’s our review of six popular apps for family […]

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Hope for Working Caregivers: More Employee Benefits

“Elder care is a lot like being a parent in some respects but without the joy.” So said Janet James, a working daughter, in a Washington Post article titled, “Aging population prompts more employers to offer elder-care benefits to workers.” While James’ comment is sobering, the article is hopeful and outlines a number of companies that are addressing the […]

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