Faith Middleton Show: Bruce Clements on Parenting Your Parents, Plus Veterinarian Todd Friedland

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Faith Middleton Show: Bruce Clements on Parenting Your Parents, Plus Veterinarian Todd Friedland

Regular contributor Bruce Clements helps us parse just what happens when adult children have to become parents to their mothers and fathers. Plus, local veterinarian Todd Friedland.


  

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aging parents

Thank you for a thoughtful and important conversation about caring for aging parents this afternoon. I just want to emphasize that in addition to being aware of our attitudes toward aging adults, the language we use matters too. Everyone on the show agreed that it's important not to infantalize aging parents, yet using the word 'parenting' your parents does exactly that. I think the word 'caring' is more genuine, respectful and dignified. I plan to care for my parents whenever they need me - and I hope my children will care for me when and if ... not 'parent' me.