Can Children Repay Parents?

By properly expressing their love and gratitude for their parents, children can foster a more loving, meaningful relationship with their parents.

By properly expressing their love and gratitude for their parents, children can foster a more loving, meaningful relationship with their parents.

In Can Children Repay Parents?, Reverend Geary Reid discusses the dynamic and relationship between parents and their children. Too often, children are unaware of just how many sacrifices their parents have made for them. Though they may express their appreciation for their parents when they are younger, once children become adults and start living their own lives, they may stop seeing or talking to their parents as frequently. Importantly, children must realize that they would likely not be where they are today without the support and guidance of their parents. Because of this, it is crucial for adult children to go out of their way to show appreciation, love, and respect for their aging parents. By doing so, children will build a stronger relationship with their parents and help repay them for a lifetime of love and service. 

Indeed, children should be aware of all their parents have done for them. Parents provide their children with not only food, shelter, and clothing but also love, money, and direction. It is thus the adult child’s responsibility to provide for his or her parents as they age. Through this book, readers will learn about the relationship between parents and their children, as well as the myriad of ways through which adult children can start to repay their parents for all their selfless sacrifices.



Children are often oblivious of their parents’ contributions. Some barely spend time with older parents, visiting them rarely or calling occasionally. Some give money to their parents occasionally, with the expectation that the parents repay. Even when several children combine their efforts, they cannot repay their parents for their love and sacrifice. Money cannot buy the love that parents give children. Even with gifts of birthday cards or vehicles, children cannot repay their parents for their contributions. 

This literature is divided into two sections. The first highlights the many things that parents do for their children. Although pregnancy and delivery are challenging, mothers decide to keep their pregnancy. The sickness that many women endure during pregnancy is more than anything their children can do for them. Fathers are often present around their partners during pregnancy to comfort them. 

The food that children ate was a result of their parents’ commitment to ensuring that their children were nourished. Although some children may not like the house they live in, it took parents great sacrifice to rent or build these properties. The school uniforms that children had, were from contributions their parents made for them, even when some did not have proper clothing themselves.

Many children owe their success to the guidance provided by their parents toward a career path. Parents can see what their children are interested in, and enroll them in or line them up to their areas of interest. How can children repay their parents when their parents give them opportunities to follow their dreams and become successful? 

In the second section of this literature, I have discussed why children must be there for their parents. They must support their parents and acknowledge that the support provided will never equal their parents’ contributions. Children must pay the utility bills of their parents.

Because domestic activities can be overwhelming for parents, children must help out. Regular visits by children often bring joy to the parents’ hearts, and a visit by grandchildren can be fun. For parents who want to connect with their friends, neighbors, and workmates, children can be of assistance.

Although children can never repay their parents, they must always do their best for their parents.


Through no true fault of their own, children are often blissfully unaware of the sacrifices their parents have made on their behalf. Once they become adults, many children stop spending time with their parents; instead, they may simply send along some money or pick up the phone and call every once in a blue moon. This, however, is not enough, and children must do more to express their love and appreciation for their parents. How can children thank their parents for all they have done for them? What can children do to help their aging parents? How should the relationship between adult children and their parents look? In this book, Reverend Geary Reid offers answers to these questions—and many more. Though children cannot ever truly repay their parents for all they have done, there are still many ways that children can help and support their parents. By properly expressing their love and gratitude for their parents, children can foster a more loving, meaningful relationship with their parents.

Author Bio

Over the course of his adult life, Reverend Geary Reid has learned to appreciate the sacrifices that his parents made for him. Consequently, he thinks that all children should do whatever they can to support and help their parents as they get older. Indeed, by thanking their parents for all that they have done for them, children will help foster a more open, loving dialogue with their parents. Children must not wait until their parents are sick to show their gratitude; instead, they should show their deep appreciation for their parents by spending time with them, verbally expressing their love, and supporting their parents as they age. With this book, Reid wants to remind children that though they cannot ever truly repay their parents for all the sacrifices they have made, they can express their thankfulness in various ways.

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