Children Should Not Send Aged Parents to Old Folks' Home

1304 Words Jun 7th, 2011 6 Pages
There is a story told about a couple who brought along their child and their aged, sickly, bed-ridden father into the forest with the intention of dumping their father there. They carried him in a basket. Their child wanted to bring the basket back home after that. The couple asked him why he did so. The child replied that he wanted to use the basket to dump them in the forest when they were old. In the end, the couple quickly brought their father back home. The moral lesson is one should not dump their aged parents. Nowadays, many children are dumping their aged parents by sending them to the old folks’ home due to different kinds of reasons as well as excuses. Although many people feel that sending their aged parents to the old folks’ …show more content…
The government should take this into consideration while introducing laws against parent dumping. One should throw away that kind of prejudice that old people are useless. In fact, elderly people have more experience in doing housework and taking care of children. Meanwhile, they are not as useless as one thinks. For instance, one may busy working all the day and do not have the time to take care of their own children. At this time, elderly parents can lend a hand to take care of their children. According to Family Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) (2011), a survey conducted by Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2002 showed that out of every five children who aged between 0-11 years old, there is one child taken care by elderly parents. This has evinced the help that elderly people can contribute in. One is more rest assured when their children are taking care of by the people whom they knew instead of stranger such as a maid or nursery to take care of their children. According to Awad Mustafa (2010), there was a news report about a murder case by a housemaid which occurred in Dubai. The housemaid killed her employer and her two-year-old girl. This shows the risks involved in hiring a maid to take care of children. Hence, elderly people should not be sent to the old folks’ home because they can contribute their help in certain matters.
On the other hand, some people feel that sending their aged parents to the old folks’
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