In the past few days much has been said about the limitations of parents in the career choice of a child. Sir @Fexonice1 went further to drop a wonderful piece titled “Your children are not your retirement plan”. He talked extensively about the duties of the parents to a child and how they owe their children the duty of care.
Today I will be addressing the kids. All has been said about the responsibilities of the parents to the child but we need to talk about what is expected of the child too. There is this popular line lecturers love using “It isn’t compulsory but it is necessary”. Making your parents proud and happy should always be on your mind. There are different ways you can make them proud. Performing well in your academics, helping once in a while with the finances at home, obeying them and making them happy.
As Mr Felix said, parents shouldn’t see their children as an investment, something they can fall back on at their old age to avoid disappointment. We can say the modern-day parents have this at the back of their minds, most are saving up for their retirement and also taking necessary steps. But what can we say of parents that are either not educated or are the old school type? I mean no insult, I’m just trying to describe the different generations of parents we have. Moreover, we have some parents managing to survive each day, send their children to school with the little they have to school. You can't expect such parents to have a saving against days they can no longer work.
The best time you can take care of your parents is when you are single with little responsibilities. Yes, we all have the plan of renting an apartment of our own, buying a car or even buying land while we are still single, but making our parents happy should also be at the back of our minds. The sacrifices they made for us, the different times they slept on an empty stomach just for their children to eat shouldn’t go in vain. I’ve seen children doing so great neglect their parents. I’ve seen children live a luxurious life, spend on ladies, while their parents wallow in wants and hunger. This shouldn’t be. It isn’t too early to start giving to your parents. I’m not saying you should give all you’ve earned to take, but you can help a little with the finances. Your little brother in school that your parents struggle to send money o weekly, you can help with it.
In life, we all are running a different race, because you’re working at the same company with Mr John and he has 2 cars does not been you should compare yourself to him. Our responsibilities are different. Putting a smile on one’s parents’ face gives an incomparable joy. The prayer they shower on you whenever you do something that makes them happy goes directly into God’s ear and this will make him bless you more. There’s time for everything on earth, we youths tend to rush and take up things we don’t have the power yet. I know of a friend whose parents are not doing so well financially having two girlfriends. He spends on them lavishly while his parents struggle to survive each day. Ours shouldn’t be so. Take care of your parents now that you still have the time to.
We are entering the festive period already. I’m charging us to look for a way to put a smile on our parent’s faces this December. Let it be at the top of our December wish list. Do this and see how they will pray for you fervently. May God bless us all.
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