What Should You Write in a Mother's Day Card?

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As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how to let your mom know how much you appreciate her. Of course, you’ll want to be extra nice to her and give her an experience to remember. But you also need to consider a message to write in her card.

It doesn’t have to be a long message, as long as it is heartfelt. Even if you’re not typically one to show your feelings, this is the time to dig deep and let her know that you love her. A few loving words can go a long way toward making her day special.

All About Mom and Other Motherly Figures

When you’re writing your message in a Mother’s Day card, remember that it’s all about your mom and what she means to you. This is important, whether it’s for your biological mother or adoptive mother. The woman who supported you during both good times and bad should be acknowledged on this special day.

Many people are raised at least partly by their grandmothers, aunts, or other relatives. Don’t forget about these special people on Mother’s Day. A card with a sweet sentiment can brighten her day and let her know that her good deeds were noticed.

When you’re writing your message to any mother figure, focus on her attributes to show why you appreciate her. Here are some that are the most common:

  • Ability to love you, even when you’re not lovable
  • Thoughtfulness when you need it
  • Shows both empathy and sympathy when needed
  • Teaches how to be selfless with her actions
  • Gives generously, even when there isn’t much left for her
  • Treats everyone with respect
  • Leads by example
  • Offers unconditional love
  • Shows generosity and kindness
  • Sets boundaries without making them seem too restrictive
  • Provides discipline in the most loving way
  • Has a great sense of humor
  • Is always there when you need her

Mother’s Day Messages from the Heart

No matter how much you love and appreciate your mom, you might still be at a loss for words when it’s time to write your message. Here are some ideas that you can add to and personalize:

  • Thank you for always being there for me. Have a wonderful and relaxing Mother’s Day!
  • When someone asks me to give the definition of a mother, I simply describe you. I love you and hope you have the best Mother’s Day ever!
  • I am blessed beyond words to have a mom as wonderful as you! Have a very happy Mother’s Day and know that you’re appreciated!
  • Thank you so much for being such a great role model. I hope your Mother’s Day is filled with lots of joy!
  • Your grace and poise have always given me something to aspire to. Have a wonderful Mother's Day filled with love and happiness!
  • Mom, you are the most patient and loving mother a kid can have. Now that I’m an adult and have my own children, I realize how much you must have loved me to put up with all of my shenanigans. I hope you have the wonderful Mother’s Day that you deserve!

Mother’s Day Humor

There is nothing wrong with injecting humor into your Mother’s Day card message, as long as you don’t cross the line of being offensive. Here are some humorous messages you might want to consider writing:

  • You’re so awesome! You’ve been like a mother to me. Oh, wait … you are my mother. Well, happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
  • Thank you for doing the mom thing and for feeding me so many home-cooked meals through the years. Now let me do the daughter/son thing and treat you to lunch at (her favorite restaurant).
  • Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom I ever had. Yes, I know you’re the only mother I ever had, but that’s beside the point. I want this day to be all about you.
  • We’re celebrating your special day with the words you’ve always wanted to hear. “You were right about everything!” You’re welcome. Have the best Mother’s Day ever!

Quotes about Mothers

As you write your Mother’s Day message, you might want to add a quote. There are quite a few good ones out there. Here are some favorites:

  • “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” – George Eliot
  • “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” – Gail Tsukiyama
  • “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” – Jane Sellman
  • “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” – Maya Angelou

If you use a quote from someone else, credit the author and add some of your own thoughtful words that show how much you care for her. Your personalization will mean more to her than anything else.

Make Mom Happy

Your main goal on Mother’s Day should always be about making your mom happy. Keep your message positive and one that you know she’ll enjoy. Don’t be surprised if she takes the card everywhere to show off to her friends and coworkers.