Parents have played a vital role in raising us. Other families like mine have stood the test of being raised by a single parent. We know how difficult it can get. Hence we make it a priority to appreciate our parents in every chance we get for sacrifices they made in our lives. Our parents gave us countless hours of their time, teaching us, guiding us, and correcting us when we made mistakes.
Therefore it’s every child’s dream to see their parents happy. At times you find yourself fantasizing on the mansion you want to build for them, a vacation and adventures you’d like to take them to, the good life they never got to experience and many more of those precious experiences but you find it difficult to do those due to lack of finances, trust me there’s no time to do it like the present. Money should not be a constraint.
Here are 10 easy yet meaningful ways to show appreciation to your parents without spending any penny.
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• Leave note of a warm message of appreciation
Imagine waking up to a warm bite of appreciation from your child. Your parents will definitely cheer up when the first thing they wake up to is such warmth and love. You’ll remind them how blessed they are to have you as their child.
• Volunteer to 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. Although some parents like my mother are naturally workaholics, I believe all parents would love to see their children help them around the house. Even if it meant running a bath or something which you know they’d rather prefer to do it by themselves. This will bring a smile to their faces.
• Prepare a delicious favourite 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 back to them. They will absolutely appreciate the treat. If possible invite few of their friends to come enjoy the meal with them.
• Organize a massage spree
There is absolutely nothing costly to this. You just boil water and mix with a scent oil like lavender and put some stones. Dip their feet in there with a glass of their favourite juice, obviously not wine, then make them feel comfortable. You can now start rubbing their feet.
• Adhere to their lessons
Parents love to see their children succeed, and they put a lot of time and effort into teaching them life lessons. Simply live out these lessons, show them that you listened to what they taught you. Just like you, they used to make mistakes and made their own principles and rules they keep to in life even now. Ask questions. The wisdom of your parents is more applicable than you might think, so live it out as best you can, and show them that their words were not wasted.
• Create meaningful conversations to make them feel valued.
My mother is one of the active parents in a child’s life such that she used to visit me every last weekend of the month when I was at school. She wanted to know everything that is happening in my life. You can talk to your parents about your job, school or relationships. Share your happiness with them and sadness with them. When it comes to parents, communication is key.
• Constant Visits are necessary
Your aging parents might be more lonely and want a closer connection. You might be working or studying far away from home or married. Visit your parents frequently.
• Let them know how you feel
It’s not easy but it’s effective. Just say ‘I love you mommy and daddy’ or either of them if you are raised by single parents. Letting your parents know you are grateful for the impact they’ve had in your life will truly cheer them up. They’ll realise that they’ve done enough to get you to where you are.
• Play together
Playing together will develop a bond between the two of you and it will make them feel special, loved, and appreciated. You could do something as planni a picnic in the yard or a park. Make sure it’s something that they’d love—show how much you know your parents by setting up an outing that they’ll enjoy and remember. Experiences can be incredibly valuable gifts.
• Make a home-made gift
Creating a gift for your parents—something that only you could make—can be an extra special way of making them feel appreciated. A handmade gift has the potential to show that you know your parents better. The value in a handmade gift isn’t in its perfection. It’s the thought that counts anyways.
After all, they did change those diapers all those years ago! Love them and appreciate them whilst there’s still time.
How do you show your parents appreciation for what they’ve been to you?
From my heart to yours