Charlotte Canion


Charlotte is a multifaceted miracle:  mother, sister, mentor, friend and a grandmother.  She was born in a small town in Arkansas and grew up in Texas, where everything is bigger than life, including Charlotte

Like her parents, Charlotte combines the most useful ideas from many different areas to help her excel.  Her mom delivered strong Christian values from her own family background, and Charlotte’s father was a strong man with great resilience, especially since he lost his own mother when he was only two.  Values and perseverance  has served Charlotte well throughout her life.

Charlotte has bought and sold several businesses over the years, from a shop in a strip mall to managing twenty five women in the spokes modeling industry.  Charlotte recently retired from a large corporation, where she worked in the Event Planning Department.  Never to be one to just sit around, she is now an author, speaker and mentor.  Charlotte is a creative writer who has penned and published several stories and poems.

Those who know Charlotte Canion view her as a go-to-person,  an individual they can turn to whenever there is a problem that needs solving.  One of Charlotte’s passions is gardening, and as a certified Texas Master Gardener, she volunteers her time to teach gardening and has won many awards in the gardening arena. Charlotte is very active in her church and local community and has served on many boards and associations as a member and president. She has faced many challenges, including personal experience assisting her own parents with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying is a project that has lingered in Charlotte’s heart for many years.  She is happy to share her experiences with the world and hopes that her stories might ease the pain that many will endure, tempering the most difficult times with laughter.


Up till now, you have dealt with life with grace and style, learning from the mistakes you’ve made along the way. You’ve raised your children and enjoyed a successful career. Now, though, you face the challenge of a lifetime, one that may have you feeling like you’ve suddenly been tossed in the deep end of the pool. Sometimes, parenting your parents can be an overwhelming task, one that has you struggling to keep your head above water.

In this book, you will find the permission to laugh, to cry, and to make mistakes. You will also find the strength and encouragement to get up and repeat the cycle, all the tools you need to face the new challenge of parenting your parents!


  • Empower yourself by putting on the armor of knowledge.
  • Find humor in every situation
  • Discover the power of laughter and see how it will help you cope with the task of parenting our parents, a task that will be inevitable for most of us.


The thought of our parents aging is a frightening one, but this book will teach you how to laugh through the journey.

  • Love: You have to love unconditionally, whether or not such love comes back to you.
  • Patience: Your patience will be tested on a daily basis, in ways you cannot prepare for.
  • Forgiveness: Many of us need to forgive our parents or ask them for forgiveness while there is still time.
  • Trust: Trust your instincts and the professionals available to you; be willing to get a second opinion if necessary.
  • Respect: We must respect our parents, for without them, we would not be here.
  • Dignity: Above all, we must recognize that everyone deserves dignity, and our parents are to be honored and defended, regardless of their age or condition.
  • Hope: We all must have hope; the challenges of the future demand it, so we do not sink into despair and give up on those we love.

“Charlotte is one of the most driven, compassionate, and unselfish people I have had the pleasure of knowing for more than twenty years. She always goes out of her way to help others in need. Caring for people and doing things for them is what she does best and her faith in our Lord motivates her daily. She has dreamed of writing this book for many years and now she is sharing her stories with the world” – Shannon Schmidt, Assistant Vice President Lone Star Candle Supply, Inc.

I highly endorse “You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying – How to Parent Your Parents” to all children of aging parents. Seeing yourself and the pressures you are facing from a humorous viewpoint gives both release from anxiety and insight into personal management. Charlotte has spent time in the trenches learning to cope while holding on to your humor and delivers laughter, instruction, and tenderness as she presents her own story of life with parental Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – Keitha Story-Stephenson PhD., BlueSky Wellness Center SkyBlue Family Ministry Radio Host of “Feeding the Family-Mind, Body and Spirit”

I have known Charlotte for only six years, but it seems like I have known her forever, simply because she is so willing to share her heart. That’s exactly what she does in her writing as well; she shares her heart completely and beautifully with the reader. Through Charlotte’s stories, I hope you get to know her and thank God for the wonderful lady He has placed in your life. – Diane Schwind, Co-founder of Balanced Families Ministries