Yes. I took care of my mom until she died. She lived at my house in the summers. After she had a stroke I got her out of the rehab center and brought her back to my State. It was hard but I am glad that I was there with her.
Yes you should take care of your parents because without them you wouldn't be alive!!! They've have cared for you when you were a child and now it's your turn...when you are old enough to take responsibility and you're not handicapped or sick then that's the time for you to take care of them...you should sit with them as much as you can and you should make them feel comfortable and you should help them when they are sick etc....and that's the least you can do!! Your mom suffered for NINE long painful months to give birth for you and spend TWO years feeding you and taking care of you and she still gonna take care of you even when you're old!!! And your father who spend years and years to make you happy and healthy he gives you money and get you to schools and he's always there for you when no ones around and he make you feel safe when he's around!!! Don't you think that they deserve your help??? Try to a good man for them...because after all you can't go to heaven if they aren't satisfy... Have a nice day :)
I think one of the largest contributors to our (American) declining society is the institution of these government (tax payer-provided) safety nets that serve to provide needs that should be met by families. If parents didn't social security to rely on, they would be more attentive to their children's upbringing. They would establish better relationships and be less negligent of their responsibilities. Ultimately, they would be dependent on their children (and savings) as they reach retirement age. As it is, parents neglect raising their children properly or establishing lasting loving relationships. As we become more dependent on the government (tax-payers), we value our relationships with family less, resulting in a degenerating society where people disregard responsibility for their families and ultimately for themselves. More children are born out of wedlock and are being raised in single parent households as parents neglect their parental responsibilities. No longer are people striving to provide for their family economically, socially, or in any other aspect of their lives.
Do we HAVE to, or should we WANT to? They are our parents, and though some fail to take care of us in our childhood, most do. And, why should we not take care of them? Are they not a part of US? So, yes, we should. And why, probably for some of the above reasons. And, to speak from a Christian standpoint, I could say more. But, even from a moral standpoint only...yes and because it is the right thing to do and for as long as they need care and as long as we possibly can! I do know that there are situations where it is Impossible to keep them in our home 24/7. But, only if it can't work, I think is when we may have to utilize the help of a nursing home type thing. And, we should be so present there in person and even daily if at all possible. We should be the one who oversees their care and not even let them just rest in the hands of the nursing home staff. We need to KNOW everything about their care. We need to be the voice of our parent when they need one and every small and large matter that concerns them should matter to us. We should never turn our back on them, but instead, be even more attentive to them now.
When we honor and care for our parents, we are serving God as well. The Bible says, "The church should care for any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God very much...But those who won't care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers" (1 Timothy 5:3-4, 8).