10 Ways to Bless Your Parents
Now that I am an adult, I often find myself really leaning on my parents for advice and truly appreciating the time I get to spend with them, which isn’t often enough. I can remember back to junior high and high school, heck even sometimes in college, when I treated my parents so poorly because I was “too cool” for them or because “I knew better”, but fact of the matter is I needed them then and even more so now. Isn’t it funny how most of us go through this phase where we one day wake up and realize how awesome our parents are?! It’s a little heartbreaking that it takes some of us so long to figure it out though.
If this is you and you’d like to show your parents just how much you appreciate them then this post is for you! I thought of 10 ways to bless your parents and these work if you’re still at home, but if you’re like me and you live further way from the ‘rents, then you will still be able to do these, too! And if you don’t have a good relationship with your parents or they aren’t with us any longer, I hope these might apply to a parental figure or mentor in your life.
Okay, here we go!
1. Pay for your parent’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They’ve taken care of you for how many years now?! It’s the least you can do for them.
2. Reach out and give them a call. I know we’re all busy, but we’re never too busy for the ones we love most.
3. Send snail mail or a care package. Just an example, but I make a habit every year to send something on Valentine’s day to my parents. It’s small but those cards are still hanging on their refrigerator, which means they definitely appreciate it.
4. Plan a weekend get-away for them. I know we don’t all have the budget to do this, but if you can send your parents on a little weekend get-away I promise they will love it! If this isn’t in your budget but you know they are out on a trip, find out where they are staying and send a nice bottle of bubbly to their room with a loving note. It will be just as appreciated.
5. Host holidays at your home and treat your parents as special guests. Parents love when their kids are all under the same roof already, so take the pressure of cleaning, decorating, and everything else that comes with hosting holidays off their plate so they can fully enjoy it for themselves.
6. Write a love letter to your parents. Tell them why you appreciate them and what you love about them. Sometimes parent’s question if they raised you right and this is a great way to reinforce they did a great job and if you’re not great with face to face conversation it allows you to tell them what’s been on your heart. (This would be the perfect wedding gift for those of you getting married soon!)
7. Wash the dishes. If you’re visiting your parents don’t revert to being a kid again. Pick up after yourself and if you see they need help with something, do it without being asked to. This could also include things like helping with their laundry, cleaning out the refrigerator, taking out the trash, mowing the grass, etc. Just help out without being asked.
8. Make a surprise visit to see your parents and ask your siblings to join, too. My siblings and I are spread out across the country so this isn’t always possible, but this can be made possible with Facetime. Thank goodness for technology!
9. Speak kindly of them to others. Don’t bash your parents online or in public. They’ve done so much for you and you likely have no idea how hard they’ve worked to provide you with the life you’ve been given. Respect them even when they aren’t around.
10. Ask them questions and support them. There will come a point in your life when your parent’s “stop telling you what to do”. When this happens, ask for their advice, support them in their goals and dreams – whether that is financially or in another way. Be there #1 fan like they’ve been for you.
BONUS: Pray for your parents. I think this is probably one of the best ways you can bless your parents.
No matter who your parental figure has been in your life I know they will appreciate these kind gestures from you. You don’t have to spend tons of money to show your love. So often, it’s the small, consistent actions in life that leave the biggest impact. How do you honor or bless your parents?