For many of us young adults, our parents are becoming older. Perhaps they’re nearing their fifties or sixties, or maybe they’re older still.
Regardless of their exact age, for many of my friends close to my own age, our parents are ageing, and this natural occurrence can cause us a bit of distress once we begin to acknowledge it.
No need to panic, though. Spending time with our parents doesn’t have to be difficult, and actually, it’s incredibly simple to do so. I believe many of us convince ourselves that in order to spend quality time with our loved ones, we must engage in elaborate and costly activities, but this simply is not the case.
Take, for example, an average day at home. You notice your dad tinkering away on an old car out in the garage, and your mom is weeding flowerbeds. Rather than ignoring both and pursuing an entirely alternate activity, consider stopping to offer your parents a hand. Not only are you assisting them in whatever they’re doing, but you’re further simultaneously spending time with them.
If you no longer live at home with your parents, consider stopping in weekly for a meal and establishing it as routine for you and your family. If this isn’t an attainable goal because you live a distance away, make time to call your parents whenever you’re able. Prioritization is key when it comes to setting aside time in our lives for others, and I think for most of us, parents are deserving of being categorized as a priority.
Whether it be helping out around the house or going for trips to pick up parts for a piece of equipment, spending one-on-one time with your parents is completely achievable. It doesn’t have to be fancy, nor does it have to involve a lot of effort – in fact, the simpler, the better.
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