How To Say Thank You To Your Parents
When we were children, we probably didn’t even think about the things our parents, or perhaps guardians, did for us.
Yet, they worked hard every day to make sure we had a happy, healthy, full life. They taught us lessons, they helped us when we had troubles, and they hid a lot of stress and strain to ensure we never had to worry.
As we get older, perhaps even as we become parents ourselves, it suddenly becomes much clearer just how much they did for us.
If we’re honest, how much they continue to do.
With that in mind, it’s always good to say a heartfelt thank you once in a while. When it comes to our parents, sometimes it’s even better to say it in a different (and special) way.
Read on for some ideas about what you can do.
Cook Them A Meal
You wouldn’t be able to count the number of times your parents cooked you a meal when you were growing up. Not to mention your friends who came over too.
So why not return the favor and cook them something healthy and delicious.
If you know what their favorite food is, this is the ideal meal to prepare. If you’re not sure or want them to try something new, spend time researching the ideal meal.
This is so much better than taking them out for a meal in a restaurant because you are taking the time and effort to create something just for them.
Buy Them a Gift
Buying a gift may not sound like the best way to say thank you when your parents have done so much. When you choose the right gift, it’s perfect.
The right gift is something that they can keep forever, something that will remind them of you and let them know you are grateful for everything they’ve done through your life every time they look at it.
It’s even better if you can personalize the gift in some way. This might be a scrapbook of photos and souvenirs from your childhood. Maybe a family tree designed beautifully and put in a frame, an engraved watch for Dad that tells him you love him, or you might plant a tree for Mom that she can watch grow year after year.
The gift itself doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and could even be free if you make it yourself. It’s the sentiment behind it that makes it so special.
Tell Them You Love Them
You might notice that children are never shy about their feelings. They will tell their parents and other family members that they love them all the time.
They come out with it just because they feel it. They want to let the people they adore most in the world know about it.
As we get older, we stop doing this quite so much. Sometimes we stop doing it altogether. That’s not to say that we don’t love our parents; we just stop telling them.
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Something that would make your mom or dad feel so happy would be to tell them how you feel about them.
Say I love you and watch their faces light up.
It’s so simple, but it means a huge amount; they might have been waiting for years to hear you say those words again like you did when you were little.
Do you have any tips on how to say thank you to your parents?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.