Being a parent requires endless amounts of energy, patience, and love. Now that you’re an adult and maybe even a parent yourself, you somehow understand and appreciate all the sacrifices your parents did for you. After all, your own parents felt exhaustion from working hard and taking care of you all their lives, but you never once heard them complain.
Now that they’re retiring, it’s time to consider giving them a meaningful gift. While retirement parties often involve neckties or golf clubs, it’s better to give them something they can use and practice on their own time. Here are five classes you can enroll your retiring parents in.
Who wouldn’t love to have freshly-baked bread for breakfast? Flaky, buttery biscuits are perfect with coffee or tea in the afternoon, and your parents will surely love those pastries especially if they made it themselves. And don’t forget birthday cakes! Join your mother or father in a baking class and learn how to bake these goodies together. Wouldn’t it be more practical to bake your own cake and choose your own flavor and them whenever somebody celebrates a birthday, milestone in life, or anything at all? This will be a memorable time for you, too.
While knowing how to make your own table and chair is by far easier when you’re in your prime, it’s a great idea for your parents to learn carpentry as a hobby during transition to retirement. They will need something they can create during their free time, and they will surely have more of that now that they’re resting and are out of work. With basic carpentry skills, they can also fix kitchen cabinets, dining tables and chairs, as well as any woodwork in their home without having to rely on somebody else for minor repairs.
In relation, it can also be a good idea for the elderly to learn how the pipes under the sink work. Learning plumbing gives them power over unavoidable problems at home, and they can take a look under the sink, figure out what’s wrong, and try to fix a leak on their own without panicking just to call you. Ask them if they’re up for it and take them to basic plumbing courses if they want to learn this useful skill.
If your mother doesn’t know how to drive but can still see clearly for a long distance ahead of her, then perhaps it’s time to enroll her in a driving class. Mobility is a huge issue for the elderly, and it’s amazing for your parent if she can learn how to drive before or when she retires.
If you want your parents to have fun and learn how to dance, sing, or act, you can take them to singing lessons or drama classes in Dubai, too. It’s a great way to keep their body active through the years, after all. This also allows them to interact with fellow retirees and even with younger parents, and they’ll have fun socializing while learning how to stay active.
Ask your parents about these classes and see which one they’d like to enroll in.