Nowadays more and more ageing parents are sent to nursing homes because their adult children have left them. But frankly, the average person only has about 30,000 days on this planet, so adult children would be well-advised to build a strong family bond with their parents when they are still here.
Identify your parents’ love language.
According to Gary Chapman, people have five love languages: quality time, receiving gifts, words of affirmation, acts of service and physical touch. You may give your parents some love from each category and see which one they respond to most – that is your parents’ love language. Of course, maybe your mother and your father have different love languages, and that’s okay. You just need to give them exactly what they want accordingly, e.g. spending every weekend with them, sending them gifts, etc.
Realise how lucky you are to be a human.
Statistics show that you are much more likely to win the lottery than to be a human, so you must be grateful to your parents (Yes, you read that right – I said “must”, not “should”). That’s because being a human is a privilege and you shouldn’t take this for granted. With this in mind, you will appreciate your parents even more.
Help your parents in every way you can.
You’d better cherish each day that you can spend with your parents because obviously they won’t be with you for the rest of your life. When they are still here with you, try your best to help your parents in every way you can, no matter it’s taking care of their health or making their dreams come true. You won’t have any regret if you start doing this today.