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When caring for an elderly parent there are days when you have probably thought to yourself that YOU feel like the parent and oh, how things have changed! Your mother or father who have been a guiding force in your life, are now dependent on you as you once were on them.\n

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replace demeaning phrase parenting the parent

Replace Demeaning Phrase “Parenting the Parent” with “Caring for a Parent”

When caring for an elderly parent there are days when you have probably thought to yourself

that YOU feel like the parent and oh, how things have changed! Your mother or father who

have been a guiding force in your life, are now dependent on you as you once were on them.

If you have used the phrase “role reversal” or “parenting the parents,” you’re in good

company. It’s a catch phrase in the elder care industry used with good intentions to describe

how family caregivers can sometimes feel – helpless or frustrated as they bathe, groom and

even change diapers for their elderly parents. However, these phrases can contribute to

negative, disrespectful patterns of thinking and we should consider using them more carefully.

Words and thoughts carry meaning, and affect how you view and approach situations.

Suggesting your loved one is reversing in maturity, is needy, or is behaving as a child – is

demeaning. Since actions are based in thought, we need to keep our thoughts respectful and

positive, as much as possible. Keeping a positive perspective will also benefit all involved.

Instead of thinking the parenting roles have reversed, think of yourself as having an important

role as a caregiver that evolves with time. You’re helping a loved one who deserves to age with

respect and dignity. You probably know your parents better than anyone, and as you are caring

for them or assisting in their care along with a caregiving professional, they deserve your

utmost opinion that reflects your love for them.

Contact us to learn more about how our professional caregivers can respectfully help your

parents remain independent.