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, most parents do all they can because they want their kids to grow into happy adults, not because of 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 Crispy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders, 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 or go for a hike. 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? Share with us in the comments.


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  1. whenever they ask me to do something I try to always say I will, because my sister inspired me to do so, and also I don’t complain about anything that they decide or anything like that so yeah. I also made a goal every night to say I love you to all of my family members even if I am in a bad mood it always helps me end on the good side for that day. And there’s nothing better to life if you can have a good and healthy relationship with your family and most importantly with your dearest parents. Even if they aren’t the most heartfelt, they will always know that you love them and that might even be life-changing for them even if they may not show it outside.So yeah that’s just something I’ve learned over time.

    1. I honestly think that’s great, continue doing that. at times its hard to say ¨yeah sure i´ll do that¨ but just think about one thing when you want to say no, how much things have they done for you, even if they don’t want to do them, like when you ask to do something and there busy. just think about that the next time your parents ask you to do something. (including homework)

    1. Great question! Consider writing a letter to your parents about the ways they made a difference in your life.

  2. I texted them my feelings for gratitude…but they scolded me in return saying its our responsibility and warned me not to mention again….i was fully emotional typing the msg for them….now i m again in tears for they scolded me over the msg…they don’t get my feelings understoodj

    1. Hi Nistha. You are likely getting through to them far more than you know, but receiving gratitude can be hard for many people. If you can, try some of the other options on this list or find other simple ways to show you care and appreciate your parents. – James

  3. We as children to parents should respect an show appreciation to our parents even through hard times like when they say no. We really don’t know how much they suffered to bring us to this world so the least we can do to them is show love.

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