Your parents and grandparents have always made you their priority – looked after you and cared for you. It’s now your turn to reciprocate their feelings. Here’s why and how
1 Family is the most enduring support system: As we grow older, our friends become more important. However, our families are our most integral support system, the people we can count on at all times.
2 Learn to balance your life: As you organise your day-to-day schedule, always make space for some quality family time, even if it’s just a family breakfast or dinner together.
3 Take responsibility: Taking care of little things at home for your grandparents can make a world of difference to them.
4 Share your life : Talk to your family about your life outside home. Share your thoughts, feelings, fears and aspirations and bring your family closer to your life.
5 Banish stereotypical thinking: The generation gap is a myth that colours our judgment and affects family relations. This could be the result of lack of communication. So keep all channels open with the older people at home and bridge any gaps that might exist. Spending quality time and talking to them will help.
6 Take your friends home: Your friends and family needn’t belong to two completely segregated worlds. Bring them together .
7 Try and share interests: Take time out to find out what individual members of your family like.
8 Be available during times of needs: Make your family your priority. In times of need, make sure your family can count on you.
9 Make family time a fun time: Conversations needn’t always revolve around serious practical or moral matters. Spend some light moments, plan fun events or simply do things at times which are enjoyable to all family members.
10 Maintain a sense of respect: It’s great to be able to express opinions as well as differences in opinions with adults in the family. At the same time, a basic sense of respect must always be given to parents and grandparents
The author is director, Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare