My Parents Need Me—How Should I Help?
The Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared, is good advice for women in their middle years. You don’t have to live in fear of the negative. But, you do need to make time to prayerfully assess how you and your family will cope when your parents need help.
The first step in being prepared is to ask yourself some hard questions:
– How do I honestly feel about this opportunity God has given me to honor my parents?
– How can I care for them if necessary, and take care of myself and my family at the same time?
– What changes in my schedule will be required?
– How can I help preserve their self-respect if they become more dependent and need assistance?
– What will I be modeling to my children by my response? Is it how I would want them to treat me?
– If I should find myself more involved in my parents’ lives, are there any barriers between us that I need to take down?
Whether you feel fiery devotion or a guilty sense of duty at the thought of taking care of your parents, discover what you need to know, what to expect, and what to do.
Every family’s circumstances are different, but by making this a matter of prayer, seeking information, and listening to the tugs of the Holy Spirit, you can be equipped to help your parents in their later years.
Adapted from “I’m Too Young to Be This Old”