Parents Giving Advice Adult Children Listening

Parents Giving Advice Adult Children Listening

Parents always try to guide their children.  Senior parents giving advice to adult children is completely different than giving advice to kids or teens.  As a result, parental advice is heard differently by adult children than by a child or a teen.

Senior Parents Giving Advice to Adult Children

parents giving adviceParents get older.  So do their kids.  The relationship between parents and kids changes parents giving advicewith age.  Even though senior parents have a lot of practical life experience, adult children sometimes don’t want to hear that experience.  As senior parents, we always need to be ready to help, advice and support.  But, remember, the world was different from when we learned about life.


 Stress is Unhealthy no Matter What the Cause.

Because of financial worries after retirement, many seniors live with stress.  When age bring declining health, more stress is added.  Parents of any age worry about their children.  This is true of senior parents giving advice because they worry about their adult children.  The U.S. National Library of Medicine along with National Institute of Health write about concern about global stress and cognitive aging in older adults.

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The world is changing and shrinking.  There is a constant bombardment of information.  Natural disasters years ago were read about in the papers or reported on TV.  Now we see the event unfolding minute by minute.  Young adults sometimes feel that the parents’ parental experience does not relate their world.  Adult children are worried about the environment and financial and racial inequality.  We as parents were worried about a stable job market and world peace.

Senior parents are stressed when they see their children living through the same  difficulties they faced.  The stress is greater when we can’t help.  Our adult kids are stressed because they don’t want to be told what to do. But, they don’t want to ignore our advice.   Deborah Christensen, on in February of 2019, offers insight into difficult parent adult child relationships.

We are stressed. Our kids are stressed.  Sometimes, all we can do is listen and support until asked.

Parents Giving Advice to Adult Children Can Minimize Stress.

  • Do a lot of listening.
  • Don’t use any phrases like: “I remember when….” or “When this happened to me …..”
  • Actively help out as appropriate.
  • Be Present but not in the way.
  • Offer the specific advice requested.

Our Adult Children’s World is Different than Ours.

Everything about the world today is the same as it for seniors, but very different.   Live video captures anything going on anywhere in the world.  Social media spreads news and more almost instantly.   Texting is both informative and destructive while almost continuous.  The” Knowledge of Wharton” website published by the University of Pennsylvania present a great article on the  impact of social media.

Decades of personal life experience is no longer a primary source of advice.  Adult children can instantly Texting can help parents giving advice.find information ranging from pop culture to scholarly lectures on any subject.  A lot of of internet searches are inaccurate, irrelevant or incorrect.  Sorting through information is part of the life experience of adult children.  Trying things in life is no different today than it was for senior parents.  The source of ideas to try is different.

Coping with the e-world builds bonds with adult children.

  • Accept that adult children often look to the internet for advice first.
  • Learn to use the e-tools your adult children use.
  • Fully participate in e-activities that your adult children suggest.
  • Engage in your own e-activities and let your adult children know.
  • Establish clear e-boundaries with your adult children when using social media.

Work is Different for our Adult Children.

Many jobs are the same as they were 20 years ago.  The e-world has created a whole new type of work. As an adult, every time I saw my father, he would ask, “Workin’ son?”  I encouraged my children when they were applied for work.  After interviews, I usually asked how they went.  I inquired about how work was going.  Working was the foundation of life for my father.  Working was a necessary and important part of life for me.  Its necessary in the lives of my children but not in the same way.

I looked for stability in a job and always hoped to move up.  Adult children today look more for fulfillment from work.  I used to think, “If its not illegal and probably won’t kill you, do whatever you are asked to do.”  Adult children today often express, “Its not my job but I did it.  I won’t do it again.”  Human Resources sets the tone for almost any job now rather than a manager or foreman.  Fortunately, safety, inclusion and respect are the basis of most work today.

Relaxing with Our Adult Children Can Bring Us Closer.

There will always be the need to relax from work.  Commuting for work takes time out of the day.  Emails, pms, texts, etc. can create constant pressure to move to the next task.  New procedures, machines, equipment, programs and techniques mean constantly learning and catching up.  Decreases in staffing but not in production mean more work in the same time.

Senior Parents Giving Advice and Relaxing with Adult Children

  • Set times for texting and internet use in your house and stick to them.Relaxing is part of parents giving advice.
  • Prepare and eat meals together.
  • Talk about neutral things.  No embarrassing stories.
  • Plan activities that everyone needs to learn plus old favorites.
  • If possible, go somewhere together.
  • Encourage participation without guilt or tension.
  • Stop when it feels like its time to stop.


Parents often “play it by ear” when it comes to helping their kids through life.  This is no different for senior parents giving advice and helping adult children today.  Because each generation faces the world differently than their parents, senior parents need to be patient as we support our children.


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3 years ago

Hello James,

Thank you for sharing your website. 

It is a great story for the other seniors to refer to in this Pandemic period.

Adults could also learn many things from your life story and experience. 

Despite you are a senior person, you have not given up working. That is amazing!

I enjoyed reading your post about traveling and having fun. You were quite lucky to have a good life so far.

For most seniors it is not the same.

Wish you all the very best!   

3 years ago
Reply to  meenaf1

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and comment.  All the best.

3 years ago

It is very interesting to read through this article and I love the topic a lot. One thing I discovered about parents giving advice is that some people don’t in the totally wrong way and this makes it it kinda difficult for the advice to be effective. This is a resourceful article and I’ve enjoyed reading through.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jbryce

Thanks for taking the time to read my article and comment.

Aluko kolawole
Aluko kolawole
3 years ago


In your article, many of us take our mothering role pretty seriously, the way we advice an adult children can not be the same we advice a kid children. We love being parents and should probably have some masters level degree based on how much reading we’ve done. When you are this passionate about something, you want to share what you’ve learned.

Thank you.


3 years ago
Reply to  Aluko kolawole

I like that…. a master’s degree in life.  Thanks for our comment.

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