We generally think of our parents as extraordinary beings who do extraordinary things for their children every day. They take care of us, feed us, protect us, educate us and give us all their love. They are like some kind of superheroes with secret powers that we never see in action but are always there, making our lives a little better.
And no matter how old we are, our parents will always find a way to continue taking care of us as if we were still little children. They are always there for us with open arms, ready to help.
However, there comes a time in parents’ lives when they are no longer as skilled as before and it is now that they need us.
Just as they were aware of us in the good and bad moments of our lives; we can do the same. Show that we care about them and that we are grateful for everything they did in their youth. Support them with their needs and even create a stronger bond as true friends.
Many children see caring for their parents as a burden, an unpaid job, or an obligation they cannot escape. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. “Caring” for your mother or father does not mean that you should feed them in the mouth and change their diapers as they did with you (unless, of course, the person requires it, and even then, there are professionals for that area) .
Taking care of them means being in contact with them regularly, asking them how they are feeling and if there is anything we can do for them. Show them affection, pay attention to their needs and even encourage them to do things for their well-being even if they don’t want to. It also implies listening to their advice, since they have already been through the same thing and can offer us valuable suggestions.
But in case your health is not in such favorable conditions, other types of care will be necessary. For example, medications, special diets, exercise, and regular doctor visits. Some children will be willing to do all of this on their own, but others may prefer to hire a health professional who can provide specialized care. Or even take them to a retirement home for the same purpose. These last two options do not mean that we do not want to take care of them personally, as is often thought in certain societies.
Hiring someone or sending parents to a nursing home are also acts of love.
Showing that we love and care about our parents can be seen in many ways. The fundamental thing is that they feel happy, loved, and that they know that they are important to their children.
We must take advantage of the time we have left with them, because we do not know when the last day we see them could be. Taking care of our parents should not be an obligation, but a sign of gratitude and love as well as many moments of joy for still being together.