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What Have You Done for Your Parents Lately?

"Children are indebted to their parents for their upbringing-if the parents did so. While some parents are so fiercely independent that they will accept no return on the obligation, it is nevertheless true that there often comes a time when it is the turn of the younger generation to care for their parents." -- L. Ron Hubbard
from The Way to Happiness

How much did your parents pay to raise you? How much did they pay for your food, clothing, medical care, dental care, housing, child care and so on?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, raising a child currently costs from $124,800 to $249,180. That's a quarter to half a million dollars! For some of our parents, that was a very difficult amount of money to pay.

Have you repaid your parents yet?

Some children say, "I don't like how my parents raised me. They ruined my life. I owe them nothing!" Even if true, we must remember this:

"One cannot overlook the fact that almost always, parents are acting from a very strong desire to do what they believe to be best for the child. In spite of all, one must remember that they are the only parents one has. And as such, no matter what, one should honor* them and help them." -- L. Ron Hubbard
(*honor: to respect; to treat with courtesy)

Because most parents do not want you to repay the quarter to half a million that you owe them, you can and should honor and help them.

Ten Ways to Honor and Help The People Who Raised You

1. Always remember Mother's Day, Father's Day and their birthdays.

2. Talk to them on a regular basis.

3. Be generous with them, when you can.

4. Share your successes.

5. Stop asking them to solve your problems.

6. Ask what they need or want from you.

7. Ensure they have any health-care insurance and long-term care arrangements they might need.

8. Get your brothers and sisters to honor and help them.

9. As they get older, help care for them.

10. Thank them for raising you.

Copyright © 2007 All rights reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to L. Ron Hubbard Library for permission to reproduce selections from the copyrighted works of L. Ron Hubbard.

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