A podcast for working parents who are trying to balance it all while caring for the people they love — including themselves.
Being a working parent is hard. But you do it for the ones you care for, because they're the ones you care most about. You can never be prepared for everything that is thrown your way — whether at work or at home. But, the Equal Parts podcast will try to make this a little easier for you. We will talk to experts, authors, and parents who will share their insights, advice, and tips on how to navigate parenthood and professionalism — at the same time.
Feeling Sandwiched? Working, Raising Kids, and Caring for an Aging Parent
Nearly half of all middle-aged Americans are responsible for raising children and caring for aging or ailing parents — millions of whom live with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Jody Gastfriend knows the stress of being "sandwiched" like this first-hand. A licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience in senior care, she helped manage the care of her own father living with dementia for more than a decade. Her resulting book, My Parent's Keeper: The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork, and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving, is considered an essential guide to caring for aging and ailing family members. Jody joins the podcast to talk about the emotional, physical, and financial struggles adult children experience when they care for a parent living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia...and how to overcome them.
Listen to this episode to learn:
- How to spot some of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and dementia
- Tips for self-care and managing the stress of working and caring for both children and aging parents
- Options and resources available to families who might not know where to turn
- Why long-term planning is key to easing the financial burden of Alzheimer's and dementia care
- How and when to deal with difficult issues, like driving and resistance to care
- Why it's important that employees talk to their managers and HR departments about senior care issues
Positive Parenting Pro-Tips
Gigi Schweikert, Childhood Expert, Author, President & COO of Lightbridge Academy
Listen to this episode to learn about what Positive Parenting is and helpful techniques and tips you can start using with your kids today.
All Things Toddler
Jennifer Gillette, Founder & Owner, The Loved Family Child Center
Listen to this episode to hear about some of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes that happen during toddlerhood.
ABOUT THE HOST
Emily Paisner, Host, Equal Parts
Emily is "equal parts" marketer and mom. By day she leads marketing for Care@Work by Care.com, advocating for employees of the world's biggest companies to get the care they need. On nights and weekends, she's focused on her other role: Chief Everything Officer. You can find her cheering loudly on the sidelines of the soccer field, in the bleachers at the swimming pool, or trying to maintain some sort of order at home. Her greatest joys: her kids, Jacob and Lillian, and step-daughter, Erica. And, of course, her husband, Jon, deputy CEO, full-time working parent, and kickass dad.