Mother’s Day is coming and – take it from a daughter and a mom – it is a day worth celebrating. Here are some quick tips just for kids that will help them create the best Mother’s Day yet for their mom.
Make a homemade card. She will appreciate this much more than a store bought one. Make sure the card lists all the different things that she does that you appreciate. Nothing is too small for the list. Your mom wants to know that the people in her life notice the little things she does – like folding your t-shirts so they fit “just right” in your drawer.
Figure out what she likes to do and do it with her. Does Mom like to garden? Buy her some flowers and plant them with her. Does she like to look through cookbooks? Go to a bookstore and flip through some with her and then buy her favorite. Ask questions. Let her teach you about her passions. Your interest in what interests her will be the best present. But here are some cautions: don’t complain, don’t say, “Are you done yet?”, don’t be pushy- let her take the lead, and don’t argue with your siblings about “who is helping Mom most.”
Make her dinner. Let Mom rest, read a book or watch T.V. while you, your siblings and your dad make dinner. Serve her first then go around the table and say one thing you appreciate about her before you eat. Then send her on her way – a walk outside or a stroll around the yard – while you clean up and do the dishes. Treat her to a yummy dessert at her favorite treat spot.
Look at photo albums with her. Let her take a stroll down memory lane. Listen and ask questions about all of her wonderful memories she has on being a mom.
Do her chores for her. This should go without saying, but don’t let mom do any of her “normal” chores on Mother’s Day. If you see her wiping a counter, say, “I’ll do that Mom. Today is your day off.”
Keep your toys and room picked up. Show Mom how much you love her by doing things without even being asked. Don’t make a big production out of it; just do it as a token of your love – not for any recognition you may get.
Create a Mom Trivia Game. Come up with interesting and fun facts about Mom. Create a list of questions and answers; then play with your siblings and Dad while Mom watches. Include some funny ones like, “the sound Mom makes when she is sleeping.”
Do you have any other ideas on how you could honor Mom on Mother’s Day?