You've heard of mommy guilt, but what is the new mommy guilt and how can a gal deal with it? Special guest Michele Morin shares her experience on today's podcast episode. #momguilt #elderlyparents #caregiver #nationalfamilycaregiversmonth #caregiveralliance #podcast #assistedliving #eldercare

You’ve heard of mommy guilt, but what is the new mommy guilt and how can a gal deal with it? Special guest Michele Morin shares her experience on today’s podcast episode.

What IS the New Mommy Guilt?

No, it’s not the guilt new moms feel. Although many of us have experienced that kind of guilt. I know I did when I left my baby with a sitter and returned to work after my maternity leave. The new mommy guilt may hit us around the same time our nests empty out. Or it could whisper accusation in our ears at just about any time in our life. Why? Because at some point, we’ll probably all find ourselves in the position of either helping out or taking care of our own parents.

Depending on our relationship with our parents during our formative years, the experience may turn out pleasantly, or it might cause all kinds of stress and strife. Both with our own family and with our parents. With the cost of assisted living increasing exponentially, many families consider having an elderly parent move in with them. While wanting to save money, we may open ourselves up to other costs. Time, strained relationships, stress, caregiver burnout, and guilt.

Today’s guest, Michele Morin from Living Our Days, shares the wisdom she gained from inviting her mom to live with her busy family and then having to make a decision five years later to move her mom into an assisted living facility.

Show Notes

Wondering why your aging parent reminds you of your teenager? Check out this post.

Michele’s post from 2015 on the new mommy guilt.

Caregiver Burnout

How to take care of yourself as you care for others.

You've heard of mommy guilt, but what is the new mommy guilt and how can a gal deal with it? Special guest Michele Morin shares her experience on today's podcast episode. #momguilt #elderlyparents #caregiver #nationalfamilycaregiversmonth #caregiveralliance #podcast #assistedliving #eldercare

Come Back Next Week

Next week I’ll interview Mary Geisen, an author and blogger who acted as her father’s primary caregiver.

6 Comments

  1. I’m not caregiving for a parent but nevertheless I enjoyed listening to this and I’ve learnt some things – I clicked on the podcast because just a few days ago, I likened my parents to teenagers to a friend, lol. Thank you for sharing your experience Michele.
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  2. Anita, so very true. I had my late aging father move in with my family, so I could care for him. I had quit my job to be able to do so. My dad and I had always had a strained relationship (same temperaments). It had caused my marriage to become strained as well. I had always felt that my dad raised me, so it was my obligation to “raise” him. Yes I did have “mommy” guilt., and caregiver burnout, as my children were still very young at the time. Thank you so much for sharing, it really resonated with me, Visit from you neighbor at InstaEncouragements.
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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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