I've tried it and it just doesn't work. I've tried to appreciate parents while ignoring or disliking their child. It just doesn't work. Parents pay attention. Parents really notice how I treat their children, like remembering their names and hearing their questions. Parents love it when I ask a genuine question about their child and listen fully to their answer as opposed to listening to them so I can use their answer as a prop for my story. Parents really do get it. That's why I John 5:1-5 so fits for Mother's Day. Mothers love it when we love their children, so do fathers, and so does God.