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College 101: 5 Ways to Make Your Parents Feel Appreciated

Your parents have done so much for you. From changing your diapers and raising you to helping put you through school and sharing their wisdom, it's almost impossible to ever repay your mother and father for what they've done to help you. That being said, it's important that you do what you can to show them how much you appreciate their role in your life.

It can be difficult to think of ways to show your parents how much you care about them; however, it's not something that can't be done. The following list of five ways to show your parents they're appreciated is a great way to kickstart your own brainstorming as you work to show your mom and dad how much you love and respect them.

Move them close by.

One of the greatest gifts that you can give you parents is the gift of proximity. Especially if you have children and you want their grandparents to stay in their life, moving them closeby can be a great way to keep an eye on them as they age while still having the opportunity to continue growing as a family together. 

A company like Levi Construction can make this dream an even more impactful reality if you choose to build an accessory dwelling unit on your property. Whether that's converting part of your home to let your parents share a part of your house with their own kitchen or building a small house in the backyard or converting your garage, Levi Construction can help build you an ADU in Los Angeles. With digital drafting software and 3D modeling, it'll be easy to show your parents how they can live close to you in style.

Create an end-of-life plan.

Many parents don't like to think about what will happen to their family when they pass away. That can make it tricky to navigate your relationship if they're more concerned about finances and how their health might impact the family as they age. Creating an end-of-life plan can help give them the peace of mind they need to truly enjoy their twilight years.

For example, discussing how a viatical settlement provider can play a role in covering certain health costs if they get diagnosed with a terminal illness is one aspect of thinking about the financial aspect of how they approach the end of their life. A viatical settlement transaction lets you sell your existing life insurance policy for a lump sum when certain criteria are met. This can protect your family from taking on excessive medical debt in order to make ends meet in the midst of a serious illness.

Talk to them frequently. 

When you don't live close to your parents, it's important not to underestimate the importance of talking to them on a weekly basis. Talking to your parents frequently shows them that you care about them and their advice and are still invested in maintaining your relationship. Especially as your parents grow older, it can be nice to learn more about the people they were when they were young so that you're able to pass those stories on to your own children someday. 

Find things to do together.

If you live in the same city, you can take weekly chats a step further by finding activities to share together. Whether that's a weekly board game night or having a family spaghetti dinner each Wednesday, there are plenty of things that can keep you and your parents' relationship thriving. Talk with your parents to learn more about what ways they'd like to stay involved with you and your family even as an adult and make a plan—you won't regret the time you've spent together.

Pick up the tab when they visit.

Not every family lives close to each other; however, that doesn't mean that they can't come to visit you or you can't visit them. A simple gesture to show them how much you care about them is to pick up the tab when you go out to eat together. When you think about how much money they've spent feeding you, these small token of your appreciation can really mean a lot and also sends the message that you're independent and doing well as an adult, too.

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