5 Simple Ways to Show Your Parents Appreciation

As children we didn’t think twice about the things our parents (or caregivers) did on an everyday basis that showed their love. And that’s fine—you were busy being a kid! Plus, while most parents do all they can to help their kids grow into happy adults, from preparing healthy breakfasts before school to being a personal chauffeur for extracurricular activities, they do it out of love, not a desire to be thanked. That’s why it can mean so much if, as an adult, you make sure they know how much you appreciate them. Not only can expressions of gratitude strengthen your relationship with your family, but they can also promote optimism in your own life.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve said thanks to your parents, there’s no time like the present. Here are five easy-yet-meaningful ways to do it today:

  1. Cook them a delicious, healthy meal. Nothing says love like a home-cooked meal. Think back to the excitement you felt as a kid when you found out they were making your favorite dinner – now it’s time to return the favor! Not much of a cook and need some inspiration? Try Basil Chicken Pasta, Grilled Shrimp Fajita Foil Pack or Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad.
  2. Help around the house. Dedicate a Saturday afternoon to assisting them with chores like household cleaning and repairs or even handling their laundry as a treat. Want to put an eco-friendly spin on it? How about bringing over some homemade cleaning items like detergent or home scents?
  3. Spend time with them. There’s nothing like spending quality time with others to show you value the relationship. Try enjoying a picnic on a Saturday, sign up together to volunteer in your community or try something new together, like taking an art or cooking class. If you have little ones, bring them along for a meaningful, multi-generational experience.
  4. Share a fond memory with them. It’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane. Remind your parents about something they did that meant a lot to you or tell them a story about your favorite childhood moments.
  5. Tell them how you feel. Simply saying “I love and appreciate you” is the ultimate way to express your appreciation for them. Letting your parents know you are grateful for the impact they’ve had in your life will make their day. Not the super sentimental type? Try writing them a heartfelt letter.

How do you show your parents appreciation for what they’ve been to you?

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