My Kids Are All Grown

My Kids Are All Grown

Today I want to bring something up that comes across my lines a lot!  When I talk to people about where I work (Mace-Kingsley Family Center) something I hear often from people with adult children is:  “My kids are all grown.”  This makes me think that perhaps there is a misconception about what we do at Mace-Kingsley.

We are in fact a “Family Center”.  Our goal is bringing families together to work in a coordinated fashion to help each individual member achieve their personal goals as a team.  Families who work together like this (and yes, there are some) enjoy each other better and generally survive better.

I can’t begin to tell you how many times my family and friends talk about their adult children, their worries about them, their desire to help them better, sometimes even when they are doing well.  Mothers and fathers want to guide their daughters and sons to make the most pro-survival career choices, to parent their grandchildren better, and to handle the ever-changing body as it goes through pregnancy, injury or illness and aging, etc.  And they try to maneuver all this in a non-meddling way; successful or not, that is usually their intention.  There is no greater hurt to a parent than to watch their child (even at 50) to suffer in any way.  There is also no greater joy to know and be acknowledged for their help.

Another area of family is our aging parents:  How do we best help them?  How do we grant them the dignity and respect they deserve when they are perhaps forgetting who we are, what we said to them ten seconds ago, having bathroom accidents and just being unreasonably impossible?  They were there for us through all the growing pains, all the education, all the crazy teenage years.  They loaned us money to get that car we so needed, or that mismanaged money that caused that expensive overdraft, or maybe to get our college education and our first house.  How can we be there for them now, without wanting to abandon them!  I mean, we have work and kids and causes to handle. I have seen more upset and trauma caused to a family because we don’t know what to do or handle our parents once they become dependent.

But Mace-Kingsley is a Family Center and we have a specific, workable technology to help with all of that.  It is true we are best known for helping babies, children and teens, but we are a full service family center and there is a technology to help handle all of the above.  It would be too long for me to go into all of this now, but I encourage you to contact us at 727-442-3922 or [email protected] to find out more.  We are here to help you achieve all your goals, and especially for you to have a happy life with a happy family!