I hope you never get caught in the place of parenting parents.
Here, I do not mean taking care of your parents as they age.
You obviously can’t help someone to the restroom nine times per day with a full-time job.
But there is a good, hopefully, long period in there where you can take your parents to the doctor, help them get groceries, and keep their lawn mowed.
This is not that.
This is when you are twenty-one, or forty-one, and discover you are more mature than one or both of your parents.
Nobody should have to parent their parents.
If you find yourself in this position though – be encouraged!
But I’m somebody’s mom now. And I still want a mommy—I do not want to be my mommy’s mommy.
-Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies