Ask Someone Else's Mom by Susan Writer

Parents Feel Over-protected by Kids

DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: My wife and I are just over 60 and in overall excellent health. However, that doesn’t stop our grown kids from driving us crazy with warnings and lectures about not going out of the house right now. There have been some coronavirus cases in our county, but so far none in our town that we’ve heard of. We’re following our state’s coronavirus guidelines and been limiting our outings to trips to the food store, and both of us are currently home fulltime. My wife is teleworking and I’m continuing with my woodworking business from my garage workshop.

It’s nice that the kids are worried about us, but I hate how old it’s making us feel. How do we get them to back off? --- 62 AND FEELING FINE

DEAR 62 AND FEELING FINE: Clearly, your kids’ hearts are in the right place, and it’s good you realize that. Sometimes I try to deal with our adult kids treating us like old codgers by thinking back to how mature adults seemed so old to me when I was in my 20s. There were professors, bosses, and coworkers I knew who seemed pretty ancient back then, and I now realize they were in fact younger than I am now. It’s a bit of a shock to the system, but one that helps give perspective to the worries of younger generations.

Enjoy the fact that your kids care about you, and keep on keeping on as best as you can. Think of the countless people who have no one worrying about them and those who are more adversely affected by the pandemic than your family is right now.

Be safe and well!

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