One of the important conversations to have with our children is letting them know what we appreciate about them as a person.

This is also a conversation I also recommend you consider having with your parents. It’s so easy to fall short on letting them know that we value what they do for us and who they are, both for us and for their grandchildren.

Years ago, I called my mother and said, “Mom, I just want you to know that I like how I turned out. I like who I am, and I thank you for how you raised me. You did a wonderful job of raising us kids.”

My mother was, of course, thrilled and remarked that she sometimes wondered what I thought about how I had been raised, so she appreciated being told.

If you still have your parents in your life, you might consider giving them a call.

I would love to know how the conversation goes, if you’re willing to share. You can e-mail me directly at [email protected].

Take care,


“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” —Aldous Huxley, English writer