Your parents nurtured and cared for you when you were young and you lived with them for many years, but that was a long time ago. Now, the roles seem somewhat reversed as you try to prepare yourself, your family, and your home to accommodate both the parents who raised you and the family you have built. In order for the moving process and ensuing living situation to work out for all parties involved, there are several factors you should consider.
New York City is not known for its spacious apartments. If you live in the city or in Long Island adding an elderly family member or two to your household may present some space constraints. If this is a problem that concerns you, consider moving some of your or your parents’ belongings to a self-storage facility.
If your parenting style differs even slightly from that of your parents, the potential for ideological conflict concerning child rearing in your home following their arrival is high. If this has been a problem in the past or becomes one shortly after your parents move in, try to have an honest discussion with your parents about your feelings and ask that they respect your wishes to raise your children as you see fit. Even if you and your parents do not see eye-to-eye on this issue, they may be able to watch your children while you are busy with work or running errands.
Caring for Your Parents
Even if your parents are capable of fully caring for themselves at present, old age has a natural tendency to etch away at the health of our bodies and minds and it may only be a matter of time before your parents’ require caregiving assistance. If you are unable to provide this care yourself, research and discuss at-home professional caregiving options with your parents when the time comes.
A complicated, hassle-ridden move is far from the best way to start sharing a roof with your parents for the first time in decades. If you live in New York City or Long Island, call Men on the Move at (888) 369-2561 to facilitate the smooth transition of this major life change. To learn more about our moving services and self-storage facilities, call (888) 369-2561.