Do you have aging parents and don’t know how to reach out to them or what to say? Did you grow up in a dysfunctional family? Is it time to reconcile some of those old issues? Time is short. Thanksgiving is a great door opener if you have this type of relationship.
Here are 10 ways to say thank you (i.e. I love you) this Thanksgiving:
- Dad or Mom, now that I’m an adult I know how hard it is to raise a family and provide for them. Thank you for doing your best to take care of me.
- Dad or Mom, do you remember when….. while I’ve never said it, thank you for being there for me.
- I’m so glad that my son/daughter can learn how to [insert your mom or dad’s hobby, specialty, or talent here] from you. They will remember it always.
- There is something I’ve always wanted to share with you and now I’m finally ready. [insert positive thing here]
- I’ve always loved your [enter food item here]. Would you give me your recipe or let me prepare it with you?
- It feels so good just to sit here and watch television with you again.
- I know we haven’t always gotten along, but I do really love you.
- I’ve decided to let go of the past. I forgive you. Can we start again?
- Whenever I smell [insert positive odor] it reminds me of our home.
- Do you remember [insert private family funny moment]? Every time I think of it I can’t stop laughing!
Here are 10 ways to say Thank You (i.e. I love you) this Thanksgiving:
- Hug. And hug again.
- Kiss the cheek or forehead.
- Lightly pat their arm.
- Take or send them their favorite snack or dessert.
- Take or send them flowers.
- Take or send pictures, or better yet a photo album/book. Include pictures of them and you growing up along with pictures of you and your family now.
- Just sit and watch television with them.
- Visit them.
- Call them.
- Smile, and don’t argue – no matter what.