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How to make your parents' day in 4 steps (they deserve it!)

Whether you realize it or not, your parents do *so* much for you. Between making dinner every night, doing your laundry, driving you to sports practice or rehearsals and giving you tons of love and support, Mom and Dad may be running low on time for themselves. You probs want to show them how much you appreciate them, right? We’ve got you covered with these steps.

Take over a chore.
Does Mom hate folding laundry? Offer to fold the latest load that’s come out of the dryer. Does Dad need help outside in the yard? Head out there and see what you can do to make the work easier. They’ll be so happy that you want to help out. Remember, two is better than one, so if two of you are tackling a project, you’ll have it done in no time. With all of the work out of the way, there will be so much more time to do fun family things.

Give it a rest.
Are you and your older sis always bickering? That fighting doesn’t only annoy you, but your parents, too. Grab your sibs and have everyone call a truce. Vow to stop the fighting, at least for one night so your parents don’t have to constantly referee. Everyone will be so much happier, and it’s one small step to stopping the fighting forever.

Pitch in on a family project.
Has your dad always been meaning to scan stacks old family photos on the computer? Is your mom’s dream to plant a vegetable garden? Oftentimes, parents have plans that get put on hold because life seems to constantly get in the way. Help your parents get started on these plans by asking them to set aside a weekend morning where the two of you can tackle the task. You'll get to bond *and* they’ll be able to cross one more thing off of their long to-do list.

Treat your parents.
Gather up your sibs and count your cash. Then buy your parents a gift card to their favorite restaurant or the movies for a date night that they won’t have to pay for. They’ll love the kind gesture and they’ll enjoy getting to escape their busy lives for a few hours. 

How do you plan to give back to your parents? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: M Magazine.

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by Maddie McGee | 8/10/2017
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