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Caregiving During the Holidays is Not a Hallmark Movie

Caregiving During the Holidays is Not a Hallmark Movie

On Christmas day, 2021, I took my parents’ dog for a walk by myself. My Dad’s nausea was bad that day and my mom’s grief was worse. My own children and husband were 800 miles away. All around me happy families seemed to be strolling along, multiple generations...

The Myth of Self Care in Caregiving

The Myth of Self Care in Caregiving

Every time you turn on your computer, there’s some story or advice about the importance of self-care, especially for women. We read about how we need to get more sleep, which has the effect of keeping us up all night worrying about the bad things that will happen if...

Where Can Caregivers Go for Help?

Where Can Caregivers Go for Help?

Caregivers have questions! At Daughterhood, we’ve heard a lot of them over the years. Each person comes to us with a unique and complex set of problems. These problems almost always generate some version of the question, “Where do I go for help? Where do I even...

What My Dad’s Death Taught Me About Dying

What My Dad’s Death Taught Me About Dying

Three years ago, my father and I rode horses together for miles and miles of trails at a Florida state park. Two weeks after that, the world shut down and two years later, he died. His dying was my first very close-up experience with serious illness and death. If...

3 Mantras Every Caregiver Needs

3 Mantras Every Caregiver Needs

If you are caring for aging parents, there are many websites and books you can use to get smart about how to manage and provide care for them. But, it’s a good idea to remember that no matter how much planning you do, there’s no substitute for experience. Research is...

Ending Loneliness in Caregiving

Ending Loneliness in Caregiving

Other than death of a loved one, few things are more disorienting than making the shift from being cared for by your parents to caring for them. This transition is made even more challenging because it usually comes as such a surprise. And it’s not just the...

What Caregivers Really Want Their Friends to Know

What Caregivers Really Want Their Friends to Know

Remember when your first friends entered parenthood and you thought they seemed so boring and self-absorbed. And, then... you had a baby and you got it? Well, that’s happening again. Only this time, it’s because some of us have started taking care of our aging...

Caring for Aging Parents – A Sibling’s Survival Guide

Caring for Aging Parents – A Sibling’s Survival Guide

There are many heartbreaking moments to navigate when our parents start to depend on us for care. But few are as painful as fighting with our siblings. This doesn’t always happen. Sibling relationships can be a source of strength and comfort as parents grow older....