Daily Prompt: Express Yourself-Is it Children’s Obligation to Take Care of Their Parents?

Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?

I like debate, but only on certain topic that is constructive and could be implemented in our daily life. Actually, I have just finished a “talk” within my family whether a child should take care of their parents after their parents gets old. I’ve done similar debate with some of my close friends and the result are variable. Keep in mind that I live in SE Asian country, where respect to elder is valued the most.

My parents told me many times that they don’t expect me to pay and take care of them when they are old, they could take care of themselves with their retirement funds, or that’s how they said it. But one of my coosest friend think that it is a child obligation to take care of parents, because parents have take care of us when we are child and it’s our turn to “pay back” the gratitude.

Thinking rationally, a child has never asked to be born (their parents decided to have a child in the first place) so it is parent’s duty to take care of “something” (I tend not to say problem) they made. But a child don’t have to or must take care of them in return, but they have to take care of their own children, if they have one.

I think it is not children’s duty to take care of parents, but children should do it freely because they want to. What about you? Do you take care of your parent’s now?

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14 Responses to Daily Prompt: Express Yourself-Is it Children’s Obligation to Take Care of Their Parents?

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  4. A lot of parents in the US are more independent too. I agree with you but I could not just leave my parent to the state.

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  13. Karen C. says:

    As my parents age I often find myself thinking about how I will deal with the stress of caring for them and finding them the proper care. Our health care systems can be very convoluted and it is hard for people to find the right plans and care for their parents or loved ones. I recently read a very helpful book called Voice of Experience: Stories About Health Care and the Elderly by a husband and wife who are well regarded in their respective medical fields. http://www.voiceofexperiencebrody.com/

    This book shares experiences and case studies of families and people going through situations that unfortunately arise as we and our loved ones age. I found it very comforting to see the stories of others faced with similar fears and decisions as the ones I have. More valuable was the advice offered. After reading this book I feel more prepared and confident in my ability to care for my parents when that time comes and I think anyone with similar circumstances should give this book a read.

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