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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and for all of you last minute planners I have you covered. I’m going to let you in on what mom really wants for Mother’s Day.
Here’s the thing about moms, the last person we ever think about is ourselves. There just isn’t enough time or energy for everyone, so usually, the person whose needs and wants get cut are our own. No one is complaining. In fact, most of us don’t even give it a second thought, but when it comes to ways to really make mom feel special on her day is to focus on giving her things that she wouldn’t necessarily make the time to give herself.
- Let her sleep in: this may sound silly, but for many moms, sleeping in is a far off distant memory. Babies and kiddos are up and moving insanely early on a regular basis. Offer to get the baby when they wake up, and let mom have the morning off. Make breakfast, get the kids together, whatever it is that she usually does in the morning: take over. To a mom, the gift of sleep is priceless…trust me.
- Breakfast in bed: since we’re talking about taking charge of the morning, what about treating mom to breakfast in bed? Bonus points if you let the kids help! Again, it’s a chance for mom to sleep in and not have to worry about getting everyone fed, but instead be pampered and eat breakfast in peace. I bet mom doesn’t remember the last time she was able to enjoy a luxurious cup of coffee in peace and quiet without having to wake up at the crack of dawn to do it.
- Send her off to be pampered: think mani/pedi, massage, that kind of thing. Offer to keep the kiddos for awhile, and let her have some alone time where someone gets to take care of her for a change.
- Take care of some of mom’s responsibilities: you know all of those crazy awesome things the mom in your life does for you? Why not take a few of those off of her plate for the day? Do the dishes, run the errands, vacuum the floors, etc. You’d be surprised the power of a clean kitchen can have on a mom.
- Plan something fun: take mom out for Mother’s Day. You don’t have to go crazy, but getting out and celebrating her special day can always be a lot of fun for everyone involved. The key is to make sure it’s something that mom will enjoy and don’t have her do any of the planning. My first Mother’s Day Phillip took our family and my parents to an outdoor concert. It was perfect because it something a little different from our normal outings, it was something my mom and I both really enjoyed, and it was geared for families so if our LO completely melted down it didn’t bother anyone. Fun and stress-free: the perfect choice for Mother’s Day!
Honestly, the key to a perfect Mother’s Day is taking the time to think about what is it that would make the mom in your life feel the most cherished. Moms do a lot for the ones they love, so show her that you appreciate that love by taking the time to do a little something extra for her.
What are some of your favorite Mother’s Day gifts and memories?
Happy early Mother’s Day mamas,