Parents’ Day: 10 Ways to Show Appreciation for your Parents


National Parents’ Day is on Sunday, July 26 this year, and we couldn’t be more excited here at McGraw-Hill Education. Parents and caregivers have a key role in fostering a child’s growth and development in education and all other areas of life. That being said, sometimes it can be easy to forget just how much Mom, Dad and all those that care for us do on a daily basis. Here are ten ways to express appreciation for your parents on Parents’ Day.

1. Cook a Meal for Them
Do your parents have a favorite meal? Something that is a family favorite? Or maybe they have a special recipe that everyone raves about on holiday get-togethers. Bring out your inner chef and whip up something delicious for your parents on Parents’ Day. Pick up some items from your local grocery and create something delicious that your parents won’t forget. Looking for some tasty recipes? Check out this Pinterest

2. Make a Card
For those of us that aren’t culinary-inclined, another great way to show appreciation is to break out the art supplies and make a colorful card to show your parents that you care. Include a special message in them thanking them for everything that they do.

3. Take Them to a Movie
Is there a summer hit that your parents are dying to see? Take some time this Sunday to take them to the movie theater. It will definitely make their Parents’ Day memorable. No time to go out to a movie at the theater? Rent one and watch it together at home! Just don’t forget to make some popcorn and chow down on some candy.

4. Go On a Picnic
Want a way to enjoy the outdoors on Parents’ Day? Pack up some food in a picnic basket and head over to your local park. Don’t forget to pack some snacks.

5. Make a Scrapbook
Have fun making a scrapbook with family memories that is sure to make a great gift for any parent. Spend the day making the scrapbook with them and create a fun memory in honor of Parents’ Day that they will remember. Need some ideas? Check out this scrapbooking Pinterest:

6. Do Something Around the House for Them
Do your parents usually mow the lawn? Or do dishes? Surprise them by doing something around the house that they usually do. Whether it’s a load of laundry, mowing the lawn, or cleaning an entire load of dirty dishes, they’ll be sure to appreciate the extra effort.

7. Get Them a Gift
Do your parents have a new book they’ve been looking forward to reading? Or new tool or gadget that they’ve been really wanting to own? Get them a gift for Parents’ Day, or even better yet, make them something heartfelt. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, not the size of the gift.

8. Plan a Surprise Party
If you’re looking for a way to honor your parents for how much they have done, you can hold a surprise party for them in their honor. Invite their friends, put up some balloons and streamers, and of course, don’t forget the camera and the cake!

9. Plan a Fun Family Activity
Whether it’s a fun outdoor game of volleyball, a fishing trip, or an intense board game, planning a fun activity for you and your parents is sure to make the day memorable for everyone.

10. Don’t Forget to Tell Your Parents “Thank You”
Parents’ Day is all about showing your parents and those that care for you gratitude for all that they do. Whether you get to spend the day with them or not, thanking them for all that they do is sure to let them know how much you care.

Looking for some more tips and ideas for Parents’ Day? Check out our Pinterest board for ideas and for other educational resources.

Don’t forget to share with us on Facebook and Twitter what you’re doing to celebrate Parents’ Day!

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