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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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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7 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Caregivers

Wondering what to buy caregivers this holiday season? Our holiday gift guide will give you a few ideas. Under $10 Coupon Set  Caregivers need help. Give her this hand illustrated set of three coupons with matching envelopes for a coffee date, breakfast in bed and babysitting. The break you’ll give her will be priceless and the […]

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CBS On Aging in America

CBS News ran a feature last week titled “Aging in America: Stuck in the Middle” about the burden of long term care for seniors, and their caregivers, who fall in the middle – not too poor and not too rich. You can watch the segment here.

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Why Caregivers Should Lean In

Many women tell me that Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In is not applicable to them. “I’m not interested in building a high-powered career, I am interested in building a well-rounded life,” they say. That’s exactly why they should lean in at work. We know that female caregivers often suffer career, and therefore, financial, setbacks due to caregiving. According to The National Alliance […]

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Caregivers, If You Want Flexibility at Work, Do This

In the past six months, I have needed more flexibility from work than any other point in my career. Between both of my parents getting sick and moving to senior housing, and my two children joining more school activities and sports, I’ve had to reduce my hours, shift my schedule, and find ways to get my work done […]

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5 Essential Items for Working Caregivers

If you’re juggling a job and caregiving, you need to be prepared for anything,     anytime – working in between doctor’s appointments, sleeping in the ER, and caring for yourself no matter how hectic your day gets.Keep these 5 essential items handy at all times. 1. A laptop and mobile hotspot Caregiving involves a lot of […]

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