The road to POParenting is not a FREEway!

We at www.ParentingOurParents.org understand and share your challenges.  It’s never easy taking care of aging loved ones, especially when they get impacted by everything that comes with getting older.

As a family caregiver — or someone doing POP (ParentingOurParents) — you shift your primary focus onto another person, putting them first — just like you did when you parented children. Caring for the ones who raised you is an emotional and may be a health journey that catches you only from you rear view mirror.

Avoid the risks of taking poor care of yourself because of your concern for others.  Learn how to do it better and more joyously.

Like us below. joining POP and AARP in celebrating YOU, your fellow caregivers and National Caregiver Month!

Woman kisses her elderly father on the cheek.


  1. Patti says

    I find myself alone, with my physical disabilities, just praying that I can stay strong enough to help my parents through the difficult and often heart wrenching part of aging. I am not ready or emotionally prepared to deal with just how rapidly their sudden decline is occurring. Parenting our Parents is supposed to help caregivers. So far I see nothing there. Maybe others in my situation can guide me through this …? Suggestions welcomed.

    • Jane says

      We’re sorry that you’re feeling so alone, Patti. And we understand.

      That’s exactly why we gathered so many resources for caregivers, each of whom has probably felt alone, like you, and scared navigating your Circle of Life, or POPcycle, as we call it.

      Many readers have found our POP book, “Oh My God! We’re Parenting Our Parents” extraordinarily comforting and very practical. This self-help book is a step-by-step memoir of one woman’s journey that, as the numerous Amazon reviewers attest, is oddly universal. We hope you will join those numerous POParents and seniors who have found answers, comfort and help with “bibliotherapy,“ that is, reading helpful stuff.

      On the website we also offer substantial help to caregivers in our blog which is becoming a more active feature of the POP community.

      We’ve just yesterday launched another exciting feature for caregivers and seniors with our brand—new Forums page. These provide exactly the type of POParenting help needed by people in your situation — expertise from us as well as expressions of feelings, concerns and solutions from the millions of “lay” folks, like you, who are gaining expertise “on the job” with your own parents.

      In addition, the website explains and offers those in distress access to our unique and highly effective POP Family Coaching program that’s helped so many families like yours across the nation.

      Finally our Resources page, a second-to-none accumulation of helpful services and, soon, products has led to much help. Please use as many of these as you can!

      We also invite our growing POP community to reach out to you, Patti, to offer you their support, specific suggestions and comments.

      You are definitely not alone!

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