Life passes us by, and we are so busy with work and our personal life that we don’t often have time to think about the future. However, life goes quick, and as our parent’s age, it’s important to talk to them now, so that you can prepare for the future. Here is what you should be talking to your parents about before it’s too late.
How to best raise your kids
One thing you should be asking your parents about is how to best raise children. Of course, we all have our own personal way of handling situations with our kids. But ultimately, the best people to give you advice about children is your parents. Even if you don’t have kids now, it’s important to talk to them about raising children so you can know for the future. As we discussed previously, talk to them about the rules and discipline they used on you and your siblings. Ask them if they worked and whether they would do anything differently now. Talk to them about how old they were when they had you and your siblings, and whether they would advise you on having them early or waiting till later in life.
Their plans for the future
Another thing you should be talking to your parents about before it’s too late is what their plans are for the future. You need to talk to them about what they would want to happen when they get older. Some people are against residential care and would rather have home care such as elderly companion care when they require extra help. Make sure you also have the dreaded chat about funerals, so that you can fulfil their wishes when the time does come.
What were they doing at your age
You should also be talking to your parents about what they were doing at your age. You need to know how their lives were going, and what advice they would give to you at your age. If you are going through a hard time, it can often give you optimization that things will get better around the corner.
Thanking them for everything they have done
Another thing you should be talking to your parents about before it’s too late is thanking them for everything they have done for you. You don’t want something to happen to them or you, and then you regret not thanking them for everything they have done over the years. As this feature explains, just saying thank you for small things will not go unnoticed, so make sure you are grateful for their help.
You should ask about their will
You should also be talking to your parents about their will before it’s too late. You need to know who their will is with, and who their Power of Attorney is. If you are the power of attorney, you will be able to make quick decisions about their home and finances. Make sure they have made a will, otherwise, it can cause all sorts of trouble when it comes to sorting everything out in the future.
These all may be hard conversations, but it’s better to speak about it now while you are all well and healthy.