What Do We Owe Our Parents? | Institute for Family Studies
No one denies that parents are obligated to take care of their children. At a minimum, it’s a matter of law. But there is less clarity surrounding the question of whether children are obligated to care for their parents. One viral video from this holiday season touched on the subject, raising questions about what children owe to their parents in the modern era.
In the video, the parents of recently signed Kansas City Royals pitcher Brady Singer are seen crying as they read a letter. In it, their son explains that he used part of his $4 million signing bonus to pay off their debt as a Christmas gift. His mother can hardly speak through her tears as she reads the letter aloud.
“I just want to say thank you for everything you’ve done to help me reach my dreams,” he wrote. “[T]here is absolutely no way I could have done all this by myself.”