Mother’s Day has always been a special day around our place. It is one of the good opportunities of the year to teach your children to respect their mom and to thank her in some small way for all she does. And, despite our wishes, the kids generally will not do it on their own. At least they won’t until you have worked with them during their growing up years to consistently use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate their mom.
But it can be tough knowing just what to do to celebrate Mom’s contributions to our family’s life. I know giving her a power tool would not be the right way for my wife! So, we need to take a little time to think about and prepare just the right recognition for a mom for Mother’s Day. So, here are ten ideas that I have gleaned from dads, kids, and colleagues that will help Mom feel special, loved and recognized on Mother’s Day.
- Prepare for pampering. Mother’s Day is a good day to spoil Mom just a little. Ideas like breakfast in bed, some time alone to do what she loves, and a special dinner with her favorite foods (cooked by the kids with some fatherly supervision) can make the day seem a little more special for Mom.
- Write her a letter. You can help each of the kids write a letter to Mom extolling all of her virtues and neglecting to mention any of her faults. Just a letter of appreciation, written by each child in his or her own style, can make any Mom stop for a minute and feel the appreciation she needs to feel more often. These will be treasured keepsakes as well.
- Get out in nature. If Mother’s Day is nice outside, take some time to get the family together for an outing. Take an early morning walk in a nearby park or nature area. Drive up to the mountains or out to the beach. Go on a walk. Maybe just planning a very nice picnic at the park would be good. Getting outside into the nice spring weather with Mom and the kids can be a refreshing way to celebrate Mother’s Day.
- Give her flowers. Flowers are a very traditional way to celebrate Mother’s Day but they are almost always appreciated. Make sure that you plan a few days in advance and order a bouquet or an arrangement with some of her favorite flowers. Daisies are my kids’ mom’s favorite flowers and she always has some daisies for Mother’s Day.
- Make a craft project. Mothers love things that their children make for them with their own two little hands - helped along the way by Father’s hands! Some of the best craft ideas include bath salts
- Give away a day away. While spending quality time with Mom on Mother’s Day, give her a gift certificate for a day away from all of her worries and cares. Collaborate with the kids on what to do, but consider some ideas like a spa day, a day at the beach, a day with a book where the family brings her meals and treats, or a day playing tennis with her friends. The idea of a day away can be pretty exciting for a mom who needs such a respite.
- Make her a customized gift basket. As much as moms love thoughtful gifts, imagine how she would react to a bunch of them all at once! A gift basket with a few of her favorite things - like snacks, lotions, perfumes, music CDs - are a welcome gift and also communicate that you know her, love her, and know just what she would like.
- Prepare a happy memories box. Run to the craft store and bring home a decorated tin (maybe with hearts on it), and then help the kids write some of their favorite memories with their Mom on index cards and put them in the box. You can even print up some pictures of these memories if you have them. It is a lot easier than making a scrapbook, and she can pull the box out occasionally and remember the fun times with the family.
- Make a donation on her behalf. Does Mom have a cause that she feels strongly about? There are lots of worthy organizations who need financial donations and helping the kids learn about them and gather their spare change to helps them learn about being charitable. Then prepare a card that lets Mom know what you gave and to which organization.
- Make Mom a video. This one takes a little extra planning, but it would be an amazing way to make her feel special. Have each child talk on camera about Mom - what she loves about her and what fun memories she has of Mom. Then compile the video clips, add some pictures and music, and get it ready for the big day. Then play the video after Mother’s Day dinner and watch her beam!
Whatever you do, helping the kids make Mother’s Day special for their mom is a small investment but it pays big dividends in terms of how their Mom feels and how they learn to show respect and appreciation.