How should we manage the care of our parents as they get older?
We all know that parents have to take care of their children. But does there come a time when we have to start taking care of our parents? Do we have any moral obligations to our parents simply because we are their children? What if we have no signficant relationship with them?
Must we provide them with continuous emotional support? Assist them financially and/or provide for their housing? Insure that they make good life-decisions? What if the cost is our inability to follow our own dreams or to provide for the dreams of our children?
And what if they fight us and tell us to go away and leave them alone? Should we respect their autonomy as we watch them deteriorate, or should we force them to do what we think best for them?
How should we parent our parents?
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