• Jennifer Hathcoat

A Simple Guide to Finding Time For Parents

As you grow up and eventually move out on your own, you gain more independence. You’ll have more work, more independent time, and it might be difficult to find time for others. This might make it harder for some to find time, especially for their parents. When should you call them? How often should you talk to them? How often should you visit them? All these questions might be rushing through your head. Now that the holidays are among us and we are still living in a pandemic, here’s a simple guide to finding time for parents.

Busy Busy Bee

Personally, I just recently moved out of home to go to college. I now have my own apartment and will be spending more time in Tampa than in my home state of Colorado. I go to school and work at a coffee shop. Therefore, I’m constantly busy. As this has become my new world, I have found it more difficult to find time to talk to my parents. When life gets busy, it becomes a lot harder to find time for things that are important, like staying in touch with families. Your parents are important, which means, finding time for them is important.

Call… It’s Easy

We have now lived with technology for a long period of time, which most people know how to use. This is the easiest way to keep in contact with others. It only takes a few seconds to send a message or call someone to let them know you’re thinking about them.

Whenever I need my mom or dad, I can call them in an instant. I try to keep up with communicating with them no matter how busy I get. You can simply send your parents a text if you are unable to speak on the phone as often as you’d like. I usually end up texting both of them throughout the week too. What works best for me is calling them when I am on my way to work. It gives me time to talk to them for a little and then I can go to work feeling glad that I called. Whenever you think it’s time to talk to them, call them. How much you talk to your parents though, is up to you and what you feel is appropriate.



Send them photos or videos

Most parents just want to know what you have been up to, and that you are safe. Whenever I talk to my parents, they always ask me for an overview of my week. My mom is always asking me to send her photos or videos of whatever I am doing. You can send your parents a picture of you at the beach that weekend or out having dinner to make them happy. It also gives you something to talk about with them. Most parents want to know what’s been going on in your life because they aren’t there to hear about it or see it anymore, so giving them a visual is a great way to stay in touch with them!

FaceTime!

With all this technology coming out because of the pandemic, such as Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime, there is no reason why you can’t talk to their faces once in a while to let them see how you are doing as well. If you live close to your parents, you don’t even have to facetime them—you can go to their house. That’s a free meal! I live about two thousand miles away from my parents so I don’t have the luxury of being able to go home to a home cooked meal, but with facetime, I can call my parents whenever and even view some cooking tips that they give me!

You Make the Time.

Finding time for your parents can be difficult. With the holidays and a pandemic going on, it’s more and more important to be in contact with your family—making sure that they are doing good and letting them know you are doing good. I know my parents stress about me being away from them during a pandemic. The best way to let them know you’re doing good is by getting in touch with them. It doesn’t have to be all the time, just enough to show them that you care.

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