Most people don’t know, but July 26 is Parents’ Day. Even though it’s not as popular as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it still deserves to be celebrated. Your parents raised you for most of your life, so they deserve to have as many holidays in their honor as they can get. Here are a few sweet things you can do for your mother and father on Parents’ Day.
You don’t have to spend time with your parents on Parents’ Day. Instead, you can buy them tickets for a movie or a concert. While they’re out, you can clean up the house and do whatever laundry is laying around. When they come home from their fun night out, they’ll be thrilled another surprise was waiting for them.
Anyone who owns a house wants to show off to their neighbors. Help make this easy for your parents by planting some flowers for them. Perennial flowers come back year after year. What a great reminder each spring for your parents of how much you care about them. If they don’t have a garden, then you can volunteer to fix something around the house instead. Do whatever you can to spruce up the place.
Your parents probably haven’t had anything of yours to hang on the fridge in a while. In order to fix that, you can try to recreate an old photo of you as a child by wearing similar clothes and mimicking your pose. If that sounds like too much work, you can buy some fingerpaints to create an ironic (but adorable) drawing for them.
If it was too crowded to take your parents out to eat on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, then you can make it up to them by buying them dinner on Parents’ Day. Even if they end up paying the bill themselves, they’ll be thankful they were able to spend some quality time with you.
It’s easy to drift away from your friends as you age, especially once you reach retirement. If your parents don’t leave the house often, you can up their social game by enrolling them in a class. If they love to eat, sign them up for a baking class. If you hate that they can’t figure out how to open your emails or send a text, sign them up for a technology class.
Cooking your parents dinner will kill two birds with one stone. It will get them off the hook and allow them to relax for the night. Plus, it’ll let you show off your culinary skills to prove you’re capable of taking care of yourself. Even though your parents want to be wanted, they also want to know they’ve raised a child who can stand on their own two feet.
Since most people don’t even know Parents’ Day exists, you can get away with a simple phone call. Just make it a unique one. If you never tell your parents how much you love them, utter those three little words. If you never update them on your love life or work life, then it’s time to spill some juicy details. Make the day feel special for them, even if they don’t realize it’s a holiday.
Don’t limit your love for your parents to this one day though. Take time to show them how much you care and appreciate all they have done for you as often as you possibly can.
What are you going to do for your parents this week?