“What are we going to do with all of this stuff?” This question is familiar to many adult children. For seniors, thinking about downsizing is emotional—and parents may not be ready when you think they should be. Asking you for help may not be something they are used to doing. For adult children, many of whom are juggling careers and families of their own, helping parents with downsizing or moving can be especially stressful. It’s tempting to take a tough love approach and try to get it done as fast as possible, but, as the adult child tasked with helping out, it’s important to think about your parent’s feelings before digging into the logistics.
In this class, we will learn about starting the conversation and keeping everyone involved in the process. You will also learn some downsizing strategies to help your parents through the process. You might even learn a few things yourself. This class is not just for the child, and would also be helpful for the “downsizer” who is having trouble just getting started. Learning how to start the conversation and work through this emotional process will be beneficial to all members of the family. This process can become a time to reconnect and learn from each other.