Are Old Parents Are Burden for Modern Social Life?Vivianaugstin
Old age should not be considered an age of inactivity. Grandparents can look after thekids in a much better way than the young parents who have little tine to spare.Pressures of modern living give birth to nuclear families, but disadvantages for outweigh the comforts and freedom of life with minimum responsibilities. Theconcept of family is as old as the civilization itself. It was considered indispensablefor the health and happiness of a civilized society. No relationship can be as intimateand fulfilling as in a family. As in the words of a social activist, "Family acted as acomplete security check to the family and to the grandchildren whose parents wereworking. Now, however, the old parents have been marginalized. All thanks to our telephone electronic media culture, which people feel, can keep them closer to their parents even if they are not living together.A household consisting of a husband, a wife and children, each bound by natural piety, used to be a troubled tines. In such an atmosphere, the joys are doubled andsympathy of family members halves sorrows and shocks. In case of illness of disaster,the family proves a sheet anchor of comport. When a man is very ill, battling for life,it is the wife-even as estranged one-who performs the duty for nursing better than any professional of other paramedical staff. Sociologists have found that even anunlettered mother with her naturally over-flowing love and affection bring up childrenmuch better than any professional agency with all correct Medicare following all therules in the book.However, the institution of the family got somewhat shaken under the impact of western culture and under circumstances which compelled the family members tomigrate to distant towns and even to foreign countries, to seek their fortunes. And,with the passage of time, the tradition of joint family has given way to nuclear family.People in search of a better future with fewer responsibilities do not mind ramp lingupon the age-old tradition of joint-family where everyone lived under one roof. Nuclear family mode brings a dream world where there are minimum restrictions onwomen folk and complete freedom for every individual to grow the way he/she wantsto. Nevertheless, the hard realities of life sooner of later down upon the youngcouples. According to sociologist Imtiaz Ahmad, "Joint family acted as the psychotherapy unit, by resolving the internal conflicts in the family. Unlike today,earlier nobody could think of a divorce, which is on the rise at an alarming rate in the present time as a couple depends more on friends for advice, which can's be as sincereas the one coming from parent. People are becoming more status conscious than before."The family was stable till the time a woman remained a house wife and was contentwith her lot. She gave her best to the family. But with the growing demands of modern standards of living, single-hand earning has become less sustaining. And oncethe woman steps out, she does not want to play the second fiddle i.e. a housewife.The growing consumerism has further affected one's attitude towards family which, inmany ways, is leading to the weakening of family bonds. The relations in a nuclear family are often acrimonious in the absence of the warmth in the relationships.Change in the living style and the social behavior of the people has played havoc withthe family system. Old parents have been marginalized And when parent are livingtogether, they are treated no more better than the servants to look after the kids. The parents are looked upon as a burden. They are considered to have lived out there life.But the facts speak otherwise. Old age should not be considered an age of in activity.