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Not expecting to be a caregiver? You’d better check that with your parents.

Parents sometimes have unmet expectations of their children, like forgotten chores, a different career path, and in extreme cases, taking care of them in old age.

Karen Van Voorhis gives her insight on this topic regarding when those caregiving expectations between parents and their children are misaligned, and how it could be disastrous — emotionally and financially — for both parties involved. Parents are left with no one to help them around the house or bring them to doctors, adult children save less for their futures as they help pay for their parents’ care and, in a few scenarios, may cut back on work hours or leave a job altogether. What’s worse, these conversations may go undiscussed until it’s too late.

Read the full article with commentary from Karen Van Voorhis.

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