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My parents are getting so frail.

Posted on 6/23/2017 by Greg Yoder

Watching your parents go from active and “with it” to inactive and forgetful is pretty difficult. I guess that’s difficult at any age, isn’t it? But how do we help our kids process this change as life happens? I have a friend at church who was an amazing guy. He sang in the choir for 60 years, was active, walked every day. He was funny. Quick as a whip. Today, he’s just a shadow of that man—mostly unresponsive and confined to a wheelchair at the care facility. While these changes are hard for kids sometimes, use it as a teaching moment. Let them see you honor, respect, and interact with your failing parents. Remember, they’ll be in the same situation with you before you know it.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 6:20

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–three of which are now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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