Giving moms a Mother’s Day they deserve, Here are some suggestions
Being a mom is hard work. It takes a toll physically, mentally, and emotionally. As mothers, we give our children so much of our time, energy, and personal space. We do it willingly of course because our children are worth it.
As Mother’s Day rolls around, I would implore you to make sure the moms you know feel appreciated and loved (because they absolutely are). Most of us, myself included, fail to grasp how much our mothers contribute to our lives until we reach adulthood. Therefore, kids will need a little help from the adults in their life to show their gratitude.
After conducting extensive research (aka talking to other mothers I know) here are a few ways you can give the moms in your life a Mother’s Day that they deserve.
Ask Her About Her Interests
This may seem obvious, but asking Mom what she likes or is interested in could be the best way to making her Mother’s Day genuinely enjoyable. I don’t advocate for merely asking, “Mom, what do you want for Mother’s Day?” because that doesn’t feel particularly thoughtful. Take a more subtle approach. You could ask her if she’s found any new books that captivated her attention or ask about the new hobby she’s taken up.
Give Her Time to Herself
It may seem counterintuitive, but some moms would just like a break (especially those of us with toddlers). Wanting a few hours to herself for Mother’s Day is totally acceptable. She should be able to do whatever she feels like doing without any guilt for doing so.
Take the lead on managing the day
Many mothers feel exhausted because they handle the majority of the family’s management. They juggle doctor’s appointments, driving the kids to various activities and making sure everyone has their homework packed for school just to name a few. Let her relish a day where she doesn’t have to make ANY decisions and can simply enjoy the day planned out for her.
Treat her to a nice meal
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for most restaurants. If you decide to take mom out for brunch, you’re in good company.
Call your Mother
My mom (and my grandmother for that matter) appreciate this the most since we don’t get to visit as often as we would like. Of course, I could send flowers but what they really want is to hear my voice and have a meaningful conversation.
Katie Carrick lives in Beaverton with her husband, two young children, and their yappy but loveable dog, Mendel. She’s a former clinical scientist who now works as a freelance writer. For more information visit mkcontentcreation.com.