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Emerging Trend of Parent-Child Relationship in India

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In the thread about IC/IR wedding, some comments were made about parent's responsibility. These responsibilities are changing, and you must pay attention to it or you may alieniate your own family. I do not have a magic wand for everyone, but we must pay attention to the changing norms.

India and many other Asian countries -- extending up to Japan -- share similar culture concerning parent- child relationship. Everywhere, it is parent’s responsibility to rear the children in the best possible way, one can afford. And when the children grow up and the parents become old, it is the children’s duty to look after the old parents. It was the pattern many of the older brigades are familiar with since childhood. Our forefathers led a more or less static life – rooted in the rural environment. Most of them had joint family system – at least three generations living in peace and harmony under one roof. Every member of the family cared for every other. They were all tied by close and affectionate bond. The elders were held in high esteem and looked after well. A sense of belongingness pervaded across the entire family. At no point of time any member were subjected to discrimination, negligence or disrespect. Every family was a close-knit unit comprising of toddlers, young men or women and the elders. The seniors were virtually free from worries, mainly remaining engaged in playing with the grandkids, and in spiritual pursuits or in maintaining cordial social links.

Due to societal and developmental change people moved away from the habitual rural moorings. There is wholesale demolition of joint family system. The younger members moved away from the villages to the towns and cities in search of jobs. Even those who live in the cities are not spared from the general disruption. All the members may not hold jobs in the same city or town. Majority are dispersed all over the country. Many moved away outside the country in different parts of the world, for greener prospect in life. All are on the move; static order of living is no longer in vogue. It is no longer feasible to remain all the members of the family under one roof. In place of joint family system nuclear family took root – husband, wife and their children, if any. They are absorbed in their own affair and hardly have time and intent to bother for the parents. Exceptions are rare and dwindling -- if at all there.

We can blame compulsive rogue factors: spread of education and pursuit of career, separating grownup children from the family; improved and swift mode of transport system making mobility easy and affordable; erosion of old social values, breakdown of age-old practice of joint family fostering mutual love and respect between elderly and young; absence of inbuilt sense of responsibility to look after the elders; growth of individualism and selfishness, cult of instant gratification, sexual revolution, intolerance for accommodation of other’s point of view etc. Directly and indirectly globalization fuels the trend inexorably. The explosion of media proliferation aided by advancing technology plays the villain. The end result: age old tradition of parent-child cordial relation is on the brink of total collapse today. The younger generation is utterly indifferent to the welfare of the elderly parents. Some disturbing facts are showing up to make us sit up and take stock of the situation in this regard.

Aging is an irreversible natural process breeding a host of other physical problems in its wake. These are the compulsions of the day -- emerging signs of the new age. It puts new demands on the new generation of old people. The twin aspects – disruption of the traditional social order and the increasing longevity – are responsible for generating enormous stress on the individuals and as a corollary to the society as well. The sad fact is that we are caught unprepared. So far, we remained helpless victims of the caprice of nature and social change – surrendering to the onslaught of seemingly inevitable circumstances. It’s time we review our thinking. We are still in the transitional phase – all are not affected equally. But the sign of time is clear – the future doesn’t bode well. The new norms should be something like as follows.

The duty of the parents remains the same: rearing children in the best possible way. But don’t squander every penny for their education; it is no longer to be viewed as investment for old age security. It is your duty to keep enough financial resources for your golden years. The difference now is to draw a line when the children should be left alone without a notion of any parental bond or obligation. The age may be 16 or 18 or till they are not settled in life. They should be left free to choose any profession or partner – no more parental intervention in their life. Regarding property distribution follow the line of Bill Gates. Leave just sufficient for them, the rest – if you have surplus -- give away in philanthropy. If you don’t have enough, that’s fine too. You gave them education; let them sweat for livelihood in their own way.

Everything should be defined clearly, leaving no ambiguity anywhere. Be clear how you are going to pass your time. There are many avenues for that; choose the one that suits you. Your children should be treated just like other members of the society. No special expectations from them. They may visit you as guests and you may reciprocate in the same way.

This is going to be new order of the day. Let us welcome it with open heart. Be warned, failure to adapt to the new norm may multiply your sufferings.

Dear Prasad Sir,

You have posted a nice analysis from a blog. I agree to most of the points. But, the age for settling in life is NOT 16 or 18.

Starting 1st standard after compleating 5, a person has to be at least 20+ years old to get a bachelor degree. For higher studies,

he / she can take a loan from a bank and repay after getting a job, without depending on the parents.

It is true that children have become like guests! Hence my write-up captioned: 'athithigaLAy maRivitta americca magangaL'! :eek:hwell:
Reciprocity -ie expecting children to give back to parents when they become senior citizens - is asking for a lot.

When longevity has got increased , seniors ought to be more self reliant and not be a physical or economic burden.

One can try putting away more for ones old age or work for more years.

Why not?

There are many late achievers.

We can try belonging to this category.

days are not long....if any thing bad to wife......domestic violence act...

any thing bad to child.....child abuse act....so better keep distance and quiet from wife./kids...
All trucks and inter state buses have the sign -keep distance.lol

But this kind of isolationism does not lead anywhere.

One has to selectively interact considering the pitfalls of both closeness and far off.

The optimal distance one has to carefully judge and decide.
OMG!! How to be so irresponsible as not provide for tertiary education..thats full responsibility of parents.

Do not believe all these articles..a lot of writers write all these stuff for other peoples children but their own kids study in best of colleges funded by parents.

Many parents I see talk cock and say they wont save for kids but end up sending kids to UK for MBBS...LLB.

Best is do what we can as a launching pad for children but keep some for ourselves too.
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Well give some and keep some.

All know that.

Only not many are able to operate objectively.

It is an emotional issue.

Often they end up giving more -like sponsoring foreign education and leaving less for their advanced age.{ most cannot plan keeping inflation into account]

I know many working past 65 years and even after seventy when they realise that they cannot bank on next generation

Also they expect reciprocity though they do not say it openly.
Well give some and keep some.

All know that.

Only not many are able to operate objectively.

It is an emotional issue.

Often they end up giving more -like sponsoring foreign education and leaving less for their advanced age.{ most cannot plan keeping inflation into account]

I know many working past 65 years and even after seventy when they realise that they cannot bank on next generation

Also they expect reciprocity though they do not say it openly.

Depends..my dad after retirement used his pension wisely to set up a HR training company and did training programmes for companies.

It depends on persons activity level...these days retirees do not like to sit idle at home.

My dad writes books too..he is into his 3rd book now.

So it all depends how seniors keep themselves busy.
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