As our parents grow older and retire from their careers, they too need to know that we are there for them. With more time spent alone or at home, having family members reach out to them becomes increasingly important for their emotional and mental well-being.
Here are some simple things you can do to show your parents that you care about them:
1. Say Hello
If you don’t live together, find time to call or text your parents regularly to say hello. Ask them how their day went. A few simple words can make a big difference.
2. Ask Your Kids to Give Grandpa and Grandma a Call
Have your children call their grandparents once in a while. Even if you visit each other often, a phone call from a grandchild is always special!
3. Eat Together Once a Week
Make time to visit and have a meal together every week. Depending on what your parents prefer, it could be at their home (only if your mum loves cooking), or it could be dinner out. The important thing is to spend some time together regularly.
4. Cook a Favourite Family Recipe Together
Getting together in the kitchen can be lots of fun and the extra helping hands make all the difference! Ask your mother to teach you how to cook all your family’s favourite recipes. Film or record the experience, as it’s highly likely that your mother will remember all sorts of family stories whilst you cook together. In the process, you might learn more about what makes each dish special to your family!
5. Create Dedicated Time Together
Visit the park for a Saturday morning walk, go to the library, or accompany your parents to the wet market once a week. Create opportunities to do something together.
6. Learn Something New
Pick up a new hobby or activity together. Perhaps you could join a tai chi or yoga class, or pick up a new language together. Learning something new can open up new ways of communicating and bring interest and life back into your conversations with your parents.
7. Celebrate Your Traditions
Traditions provide the structure and framework for bonding. Older family members usually have the most knowledge and are in the best position to lead the family in celebrating these traditions. Allow your parents to take the lead in some of these traditions and set aside time to support them and celebrate together with them.