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June 1 is Parent Day! What would we do without parents. Whether you have biological parents, adoptive parents or someone who you consider to be your parent as they nurtured you during your upbringing, this is the day to focus you give on them! We kinda think all people who give daily should consider a parent give every few weeks, so this list will get you started. If your parents are deceased, you can still give to them and things that they loved.
So what are some daily gives to parents? This list is huge but these are some give to your parent suggestions that just might get you thinking about gives that would resonate for your parents.
- Do one of their daily chores. Is your mom responsible to make dinner every night? Does your dad wash the dishes or load the dishwasher each evening? Take one of their chores off their list for the day as your give. Make dinner, take out the trash, wash the car, do the dishes, vacuum or sweep the living areas in your house, pack your own lunch for school.
- Make them a piece of art, just for them, or write them a story, or create something for them. Whatever you love making, just make one for your parents.
- Ask them to go for a walk or a bike ride with you, just for fun. If they love to walk and you love to bike, opt for the walk. If they love to read, sit down and read with them. If they love to garden, give them a hand.
- Send them a gratitude letter or post gratitude notes around the house showing your parents why you are grateful for them. You might have done this give for strangers, friends or at your school. Do it at home. Letter or notes, you take your pick. This is a great give for parents that don’t live close by or are deceased.
- Smile all day long. We are all guilty of using our parents as a sounding board, sharing our worries, our stresses and our frustrations. When was the last time you just smiled all day at your parents, when you got up, when you went to bed, when you sat down for dinner.
- Donate to a mom or dad on Kiva. No they are not your parents, but they are somebodies parents. Search the world for a set of parents or a single parent who could be helped by your give on Kiva.org
- Visit a seniors center or a nursing home and visit with a parent for 15 minutes. They may have lost their children or perhaps live in a different country than their children. Your visit could mean the world to a parent who is not in contact with their kids.
- Donate to a shelter that takes in single moms, or families. Bring joy to a family that is having a hard time. Being a parent is tough enough, being a parent who finds it hard to live day to day, even harder. Give back to a parent who is having a difficult time.
- Give every parent you see today, whether it be your parents, or someone else’s parents, a hug. If you are at work, hug every coworker who is a parent. If you are as school, hug every educator who is a parent. If you are in your neighborhood, hug every parent you see on the street.
That is just the beginning of so many things we can do to give to parents. Remember they don’t have to be your parents, any parent will love that you gave today, especially when they receive the give! Both of you will walk away feeling happier than before you completed your daily give, everyone!