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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Checklist: Hospital Discharge

Smart caregivers know that the time to develop a hospital the discharge plan is the minute your parent is admitted. Otherwise you can find yourself scrambling to make post-hospital arrangements. Here’s our guide of what to do when your elderly parent is discharged from the hospital.

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Checklist: Finding a Nursing Home

Moving your parent to a nursing home can be an emotional decision, but sometimes it’s the most compassionate decision you can make. Doesn’t your family member deserves to be well cared for and safe? Choosing the right facility takes thought and planning.  Quality of care is a major factor, but so too is availability, and, […]

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Caregivers Are Part of the Team

Hello medical professional. Do you see me me over here in the corner in the not too comfortable chair? I’m the one who drove your patient to the hospital today. I’m the one who took time off from work and will be working late tonight as a result.  I’m the one who will sit here […]

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When You Suck At Accepting Help

I’ve long said that the six most annoying words anyone can say to a caregiver are, “You need to take care of yourself.” Why? Because, no sh*t. You don’t think we know that? You don’t think we are acutely aware that we can’t go down because there are people depending on us, and, well, because […]

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Manage Your Expectations; Manage Your Stress

My Dad always used to say, “Hope for the best, but expect (and prep for) the worst.” I think about those words a lot as a caregiver. On the one hand, I am really trying to be mindful of the vibes I put into the universe, and so I feel like I should only focus […]

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More Tips On Balancing Caregiving and A Career

FACT: Caregiving WILL impact your career. Also a FACT: There are steps you can take to minimize that impact. Recently I had the opportunity to share some “Advice to my younger self” on Sara Holz’s podcast of the same name. And what would I tell my younger self about balancing caregiving and career? Lean in […]

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6 Adjustments That Make A Home Safer for Your Elderly Parent

Guest post by Catherine Collins If your elderly parent notices their mobility, hearing or sight aren’t what they used to be, or if you have elderly guests that have to stay with you for some time, there are many home adjustments you can implement to make their life easier, safer and more pleasant. Here’s where […]

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An iPhone Case, and a Caregiver, Crack

Monday, I went to the Apple Store to get a replacement for my iPhone case that had ripped. It’s a hard shell case with a rubber coating on top. I could care less that it ripped, but I needed my husband to stop talking about it. I walked into the store and was quasi-greeted by […]

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How Caregivers Can Start Living and Stop Waiting

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges we have as caregivers is trying to live –now – not later when things are different. As I write this, I am waiting for news, the kind that could be life altering. I was hoping to receive it last month, and then last week at the latest. Now I’m […]

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An Open Letter to Working Daughters: We Won’t Be Friends

Dear Working Daughter, If you ever talk to me the way you talk to yourself, we will not be friends. If you ever judge me as harshly as you judge yourself, we will not be friends. I deserve better than that. I mean c’mon! I do my best. Sure I take time for me sometimes, […]

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