Creating a Strong Relationship with your Parents

Yep, that's me as a mushroom baby
Do you remember the last time you told your parents that you loved them? Or perhaps did something selflessly for them to help them in some way? You may think that you are the perfect child, or do everything you can for your parents, but often it is the simple things that can make all of the difference. The truth is they won’t be here forever, so now might be the ideal time to show them just how much you love them. I wanted to share with you a few simple ways you could do it.

Enjoy the nostalgia

As we get older we are more likely to reminisce about the past, and your parents will be no different, in fact, they will perhaps enjoy doing it all the more. So embrace that with them and talk to them about the past. Ask about their childhood and learn things. Talk about your parent's relationship and inquire about how you were as a child. They will enjoy talking about it and you may learn a thing or two, and some things you wish you never learned (I was conceived to a Right Said Fred song).

Listen to their advice and take it on board

Your parents have been there and done that, so why not ask them for advice if you are going through a tough time or need some help with something? It can be that they can help you look at things from a different perspective, help in some way, or offer a solution to your problem you may not have thought about.

Consider their options as they get older

This is a tough one. But as each day passes you get older but so do your parents, and it may come a time when they are struggling with their health, be that physically or mentally. Sometimes, especially with mental health like dementia or Alzheimers, you need to consider that a dementia care home might be the best solution. I think my plan is to never let my parents age or get to a point like that - now to find a cure to ageing...

Include your parents in your life

Could you do more to include your parents in your life? As a child you may have regularly shared your achievements with them from school or college, but now that you are an adult do you do the same thing? They are still going to be wanting to hear how well you are doing or any achievements you have succeeded at, so involve them in your life and get them involved. It is also important to involve them in your lives when it comes to having children. They will love spending time with your family and being part of it all. Up until recently, I met my parents' questions about my day with "boring", but now I try and tell them things I got up to at work or with my boyfriend.

Saying “I love you”

Finally, it could it be as simple as just saying “I love you” that will make their day. We perhaps don’t talk about our feelings enough, not just with our parents, but in general. So you may want to think about telling them more often. 


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