A bond which a child and a parent have is something that cannot be put into words. It’s one of the strongest relationships, you can imagine and why wouldn’t it be? After all, your parents were the ones who you saw when you opened your eyes for the first time.
They take care of you, give you unconditional love and are always there by your side until their last breath. Along with the warmth of love, one gets from their parents, and there is one feeling which the parents never seem to get rid of… worry.
They worry about their children continuously. It’s completely understandable that parents would worry about their child. They would protect their children from all kinds of harm.
This worry goes on until their child has grown up to become an adult. One would think that now that their child is a grown adult, they would not worry as much about them. But in fact, that is not the case. There has been research about the concept of parents worrying about their adult children as much as they would worry for their young ones.
Apparently, not only are they worried, but they also can lose sleep if the constant anxious feeling worrying about their adult children gets too much.
If you would ask a parent about the things they worry about for their children, then the list will be endless, because, at the end of the day, they want their child to have a healthy and happy life. They will never stop worrying if their son or daughter is having their meals regularly or not, if they are having trouble at their job, if they are lonely, etc.
There was a study conducted at Pennsylvania State University, which has confirmed the facts about this prospect. A parent will never stop worrying about their children.
The study was conducted on 186 heterosexual couples in which they were asked to rate on a scale of about 1 to 8, about how much do they help their children with their needs. The needs consisted of all kinds, from emotional to financial. According to the scale, 1 meant that their children contacted them daily for help, whereas 8 indicated that they rarely needed it, maybe once a year.
The parents were also asked to rate their stress level on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the maximum amount of stress. The third and the last criteria for the study was the amount of sleep the parents got on a regular basis. According to them, mothers got an average of 6.66 hours of sleep, whereas fathers got 6.69 hours, almost equal.
This whole study concluded that not only did the parents worry about their adult children a lot, they also are losing sleep over it. So, people should always keep this in mind when they get a phone call from their parents. They care about you and worry about you a lot, and they just want you to have a good life.