It鈥檚 a new year, and you鈥檙e probably throwing all your effort聽into achieving the resolutions 鈥 or embodying a power word 鈥 that will help you become your best self. And while we totally support your personal development and want you to聽chase those goals if doing so makes you happy, we also want to remind you of the people who would probably be 100 percent content to see you聽stay just the way you already are in 2018: your parents! The special individuals who gave you life and have continued to support you in all kinds of ways ever since. Even if your relationship with your parents is complicated, you wouldn鈥檛 be here without them, and it鈥檚 certainly worth acknowledging that fact as聽you kick off a new chapter, no?

With that in mind, we encourage you to be a bit more intentional聽in the way you speak to Mom and Dad in the new year. Whether you and your parents are as close as can be or operate at a frosty distance, you can make small changes that will improve the quality of your conversations and, ultimately, help you relate to each other in a more respectful way. Keep scrolling for聽10 statements you should consider saying to your parents more聽frequently in 2018.

1. 鈥淚 know that you work really hard.鈥澛When you were a kid, you probably never realized how much effort your parents put in at the office or with the family at home, but now that you鈥檝e glimpsed the realities of adulthood for yourself, it鈥檚 likely that you鈥檝e gained a greater appreciation for all they鈥檝e invested in your life. Be sure to let them know that their work hasn鈥檛 gone unnoticed!

2. 鈥淒inner鈥檚 on me!鈥澛It might take a while for Mom and Dad to warm up to the idea of you footing the bill, so take baby steps聽by buying the occasional dinner for them in the new year. We鈥檙e not asking you to buy anyone鈥檚 love or respect here. We鈥檙e simply suggesting that picking up a tab here and there is an excellent way to demonstrate that you鈥檙e ready to take on a slightly more grown-up role within the family.

3. 鈥淲hen can I come see you?鈥澛We鈥檙e pretty confident that you already have trips planned for all the major holidays聽in 2018, and you鈥檙e probably more than happy to go home for a visit if your parents ask you to, but what would happen if you were聽more proactive about聽making plans to see them on their turf? Check in with the 鈥榬ents to see if they鈥檇 like to see you on a day when the banks aren鈥檛 closed 鈥 and make that trip happen.

4. 鈥淲hat鈥檚 new with you?鈥澛It鈥檚 easy to assume that, as the 鈥渒id鈥 in the relationship, you鈥檙e the only one with interesting news to share, but your parents may have updates for you too! Don鈥檛 wait for them to bring it up. Ask Mom or Dad what鈥檚 happening in her or his聽world at the beginning of your next phone call.

5. 鈥淐an you tell me about the time when鈥 鈥澛Too often, we forget to tap into the amazing wealth of stories our parents have to share. Chances are that if you simply take the time to pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and聽ask, your parents will be more than happy to entertain you with hilarious stories from their college聽years or pass on an important lesson they learned in the early days of parenting. Seriously, you鈥檒l be amazed by their wisdom and experience.

6. 鈥淚s there anything I can help you with this week?鈥澛This one鈥檚 a little easier if you live nearby (think running errands, mowing the lawn, or taking the dogs for a walk), but聽all it takes to incorporate it from a distance is a little creativity. Is your Mom running short on time聽and laundry detergent? Order her favorite brand in bulk online and have it delivered to her door. Does your Dad need help with projects around the house? Send a TaskRabbit Tasker over to lend a hand.

7. 鈥淚鈥檓 sorry about that time that I鈥︹澛There鈥檚 no need to open up old wounds, but if you鈥檙e well aware of something you鈥檝e done over the years that still聽warrants an apology, there鈥檚 no time like the present 鈥 or any time in 2018 鈥 to finally come clean and set things right.

8. 鈥淚 forgive you for鈥︹澛Just as you worry that your parents might have unresolved issues with you, your parents probably worry that聽you have unresolved issues with聽them. Do a little soul-searching or take time to talk with a counselor who can help you settle your years-old beef with Mom and Dad in a genuine way. When you鈥檙e ready to do it honestly, tell them that all is forgiven.

9. 鈥淚 think you鈥檙e pretty cool.鈥澛No amount of dad jokes or mom jeans can make the people who literally聽created you anything less than awesome. Give your parents a little more credit this year, and be a bit more generous with your compliments and positive feedback.

10. 鈥淭hank you.鈥澛This one should need no explanation. We all owe Mom and Dad聽tons of gratitude. Maybe this is the year we get a bit more vocal about it.

What do you want to say to Mom and Dad more often in the year ahead? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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