Caregiving and Parenting: The Same? Different? Same But Different?

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Caregiving and Parenting: The Same? Different? Same But Different?

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hand-prints-146179_640On Friday, May 16, @G-J, who cares for her husband, and @trish, who cares for her brother, will join me at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT) for my weekly video chat.

On Friday, the three of us will discuss this question: Are the caregiving and parenting experiences similar? Meaning, does the experience of caring for a family member with a chronic illness or disability have any similarities to the experience of raising children?

In preparation for our discussion, I'd love to hear your thoughts. What are the similarities, if any? What's different? How do you feel about comparing the two experiences?

And, to watch our discussion, just come back to this page on Friday, May 16, at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT).



Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.

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jan

I was thinking alot about this very subject today. My mom's behavior is so erratic and uncontrollable, I see myself as being housebound. It reminded me of when I was a new mom and young parent. \"Back in the Day\", we didn't expect to have our babies and then go to the movies with them at the breast, and make everyone else suffer for it. When you had a baby, you expected your life to slow down, to change, at least at first. You weren't going to have the exact same life you used to have, but now with a kid on your hip. It's about expectations. What do I expect?

jan

I fight the good fight every day with my mom, giving her respect and finding the balance between independence and security. ON THE OTHER HAND, just because she has dementia, does that mean she can rule the house with her rude behaviors? Would I tolerate a 5-year-old to get up in the middle of a movie we are watching, and start to re-organize the kitchen utensil drawer with a crash and a bang? I never tolerated that kind of behavior with my kids. I considered myself a good parent, and respecting others in the family was a big part of it.

LisaD

I do feel as if the roles have reversed with my grandparents and parents. I don't exactly feel like a parent, though. It's kind of an in-between feeling I suppose.