None of us really understand all that our parents did for us until we’re much older. Some people never fully get it. But once you do—once you start to grasp the tremendous sacrifices they made, all while you were a brat who didn’t say thank you and just focused on what they didn’t do for you (what do you mean no designer jeans?!)—you realize that you have a lot to make up for. Or at least to show gratitude for. Now that you know just how much something as simple as a new bed costs, you realize that you did not say thank you enough when your parents replaced yours several times throughout your life as you outgrew each one. And what about those vacations they took you on, when you just complained the whole time? The list is endless. It’s okay. They sort of knew what they were signing up for as parents. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to thank them in these ways.
Invite them on a trip
Maybe it’s time that you treat mom and dad to a trip, like the many times they took you on one. See what you can do within your budget. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Maybe you can rent a cabin that would accommodate all of you and just enjoy a weekend of hiking or hanging by a lake.