Most of the Filipinos are part of Sandwich Generation. If you are supporting your parents financially while you are providing for your children, you are a truly member of Sandwich Generation. If you are still single, or married without any children yet and you are supporting your parents now, you will be also be part of this generation when you have children. Welcome to the club!
Investopedia defines sandwich generation as the generation of middle-aged individuals who are pressured to support both aging parents and growing children. The sandwich generation is named so because they are effectively “sandwiched” between the obligation to care for their aging parents – who may be ill, unable to perform various tasks or in need of financial support – and children, who require financial, physical and emotional support.
We can observe that it is a vicious cycle in our country because 63% of Filipinos will be broke upon reaching the age of 65. Therefore, children have no choice but to support their parents on their old age. In fact, there is a law in our country that says that we are obliged to support our parents. According to Article 195 of the Family Code, the following persons are obliged to support each other:
- the spouses;
- legitimate ascendants and descendants;
- parents and their legitimate children and the legitimate children of the latter;
- parents and their illegitimate children and the legitimate and illegitimate children of the latters;
- legitimate brothers and sisters, whether of full or half-blood.
I do not find it wrong to support our parents when they get old but for me it is ideal that we should prepare for our expenses when we retire or get old. We do not want our children to be obligated to support us financially. I read an article saying that “Parents have the obligation to support their children until a certain age, but children do not have any financial obligation to their parents. Parents chose bring you to this world while you did not choose to be born.” It is sweeter if you help your parents out of obligation but not because you are being demanded.
It is not too late to get out of this Sandwich Generation by creating a Financial Plan now so that we can prepare financially when we get old.We will no longer be dependent to our children and they can focus on providing for themselves and even start to build their wealth. We do not want to get a share from their income because we are prepared financially when we retire.
Let me share with you helpful ideas to prepare for your retirement so that you will not ask money from your children and let your family get out of Sandwich Generation:
- Start your Retirement Plan as soon as possible. You need to complement your SSS/GSIS when you retire because it will not be enough.
- Prioritise saving money than spending. Set a budget and follow it.
- Invest consistently for long-term for your financial goals in the future. Learn to invest in Stocks, Pooled Funds, Money Market, Bonds, and Real Estate.
- Get your health insurance that will cover you long term if dread disease happens.
- Get proper coverage of Life Insurance.
- Learn to create another source of income aside from your job or start a business.
- Learn to increase your Financial Literacy by reading books, attending seminars, watching educational videos and talk to Financial Planners.
Sandwich Generation is a tough situation that is why we need to get out of it by taking actions today while we are young and earning well. It is good that we need to create a Financial Plan that will give us income when we get old. If we do not plan today, our children will suffer and then it will go down to our grandchildren and it will be a vicious cycle and none of our family members down the road will achieve financial independence. You are responsible to all your actions that you do today for what life you will have in the future. It is way better that even if you are retired and old, you can still provide for your family and not the other way around. The holy bible tells us about this principle as well as it is written at 2 Corinthians 12:14, it says: “Now I am coming to you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you. I don’t want what you have–I want you. After all, children don’t provide for their parents. Rather, parents provide for their children.“
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