Your folks will thank you for this

Talk about role reversal – when you were young, your parents taught you how to walk, how to talk, how to make friends. Along the way, they’ve also imparted invaluable lessons about life, love, relationships, work, and marriage to you.

Being a generation older than us, they’re wiser and have a lot of experience.

Nonetheless, they still get left behind by this fast-changing world. Here are 8 things you can teach your parents so they can keep up with the times:

1. How to use Facebook

Do your thang and help your parents sign up for an account, so they can proudly tell their friends this:

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Feel the regret about 10 minutes later as you kiss goodbye to online freedom and brace for your parents’ Facebook add, along with a sprinkle of embarrassment.

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2. How to Instagram like a pro

Yes, you need to let you parents know that Instagram is not just an app – it is also a verb.

They’ll need some newfangled apps, but the importance of filters and photo editing will soon have them in love with the legendary VSCOcam.

Watch in amusement as they learn how to zap away their zits and other imperfections using beauty editing tools.

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Instagram can be more than just café food and deep quotes. Teach your parents to use IG as a public photo album that they just simply can’t wait to show random people.

Pictures of your sister’s new baby, memories of the first time they visited Paris, and even just photos of them lounging an afternoon away are all fair game.

And of course, don’t forget to hashtag!

3. When is hashtagging appropriate?

Hashtagging can be fun and absolutely integral in the way we communicate online. But using too many hashtags is a complete turn-off. You don’t want your folks to be one of those annoying people who hashtags everything.

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See what I mean? Teach your parents how to hashtag responsibly.

Here are some protips:

1. Never have more hashtags than words in the actual caption.

2. Cater to the social network you’re using. On Instagram, hashtags tend to be more focused on the photo’s description and tools used to edit them; on Twitter, hashtags are usually more focused on a conversation topic or a group of people you would like to engage.

3. Create your own hashtags to look back on personal memories or travels. It helps if your hashtag is something unique to you, so you can easily view photos taken by yourself and not some random Instagrammer who hijacked your hashtag.

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4. What Bae actually means

No, mum. Bae is not short for bacon.

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Just try not to get grossed out when she starts calling your dad “bae”.

Because “bae” is also Danish for “poop”.

5. How to play the kendama

Why not? The kendama is all the rage right now. Besides being fun and challenging, it can also train your agility – perfecto for the folks!

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How will they fare compared to the younger generation?

6. How to hack cai png

Cai png ordering is basically an art. Because the person basically holds your fate by deciding just how much of each ingredient to provide.

People have tried to hack to system by playing some mind games.


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This should ensure your folks will never get cheated by the cai png stall auntie/ uncle ever again.

P.S. The tips aren’t foolproof though, as the writer of this article proves. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

7. How to order McDonald’s

Calm Daddy down before he rushes over to the counter to order a double filet-o-fish meal and explain why he’s better off ordering one normal filet-o-fish meal, and an additional filet-o-fish burger instead.

Just look at this math:

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That’s right. You actually save 10 cents.

10 cents that will go a long way to buying that HDB flat of your dreams.

8. How to retire

Talking to parents about retirement can be awkward. Just look at these 4 young Singaporeans attempting to educate their older siblings!

What most of your parents don’t know is that with some planning, retiring comfortably is actually possible. For instance, this retirement calculator might just solve their retirement woes.

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This simple six-step calculator would help your parents decide if their retirement goal is attainable. Besides planning for retirement, there are also other nifty tools such as the MediSave/ MediShield Calculator to ensure your parents’ welfare are taken care of in their retirement years.

It’s never too early to start thinking for retirement – a better retirement should be planned ahead.

What did your parents teach you?

Following technological revolution, our tech-savvy generation is undoubtedly better at tech-related aspects like Internet slang, social media and gadgets, compared to the older generation like our parents. We often lament how slow they are in picking up such knowledge, but we forget that they are consumed with years of life experiences and knowledge can slow things down a little.

Our own obsessions with technology have unfortunately also reduced interactions with those who gave us life. Work, friends, and real life have taken over the importance of family. In case you haven’t yet noticed, we’ve just given you 8 excuses to connect with your parents!

So go and talk to them. They’ll be thankful.

What are some other conversations you want to have with your parents?  Let us know down below!

This post was brought to you by the Central Provident Fund.


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