Traditionally and historically in the Indian culture, it has always been the sons and their wives who looked after their parents, both financially and physically. Old people were and still are highly respected and known to be wise, so it’s very rare that they are sent to care homes. This is one of the main reasons why the birth of a boy is so highly celebrated and highly regarded as opposed to girls.
Is this still the case in today’s society that son’s are expected to look after the parents more than the daughters? Or should it be more shared amongst all children whether son or daughter? We have heard stories where some daughter in laws feel they have the majority of work, even more than the sons. Or the other way round, perhaps you feel your brother and sister in law aren’t doing their bit to look after your parents and you have to do it all. Seems like care homes are becoming more widely accepted in today’s society, although some people still think it’s a taboo. What do you think?
We would love to hear from you. Have you been affected by any issues regarding this subject? Maybe you still feel that the traditional way is best? Maybe this subject has affected your marriage, children, and/or mental health? Let us chat so we can help each other.