Or rather, showing it. In keeping with what seems to be a trend here at MuslimMatters, this post is also going to be about the parent-child relationship: specifically, what can kids and teens do to please our parents?
From talking to my friends, and from my own experiences, I've found that many of us are finding it difficult to please our parents. A lot of the kids I've talked to say that they're frustrated, angry, or annoyed with their parents because the only feedback they're getting is criticism. What they (and I) often don't realize is… we actually deserve that criticism. It's the praise that we want, that we (usually) don't deserve: because we're not doing anything to deserve it!
So! I'd like this comments section to be devoted to how we can please our parents. Let's try to do what we did with the spouses – list 60+ ways to keep our parents happy and proud of us!
I'll start with something that I know makes my mom happy…
1. Doing chores without being told to.
Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old agein thy life say not to them a word of contempt nor repel them but address them in terms of honor/ And out of kindness lower to them the wing of humility and say: “My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.” (Surah al-Isra, verses 23 & 24)