Do you know what mom really wants for Mother’s Day? Oh, flowers and a card are nice. A phone call is always appreciated. But let me tell you, after being a mother for over 15 years, it’s time to review what really works, and what does NOT!
- Breakfast in bed: This only works if you can cook! If you don’t know how to make toast without burning it, forget it! Get into your car, and go someplace where people know how to cook. Then bring the food home and put it on a plate and act like you cooked it yourself. You’d be surprised how often moms will do this.
- Flowers are pretty, but you know what is an even more beautiful sight? When the laundry is done and put away BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN MOM!
- Bath products are great, but remember…if you give these products to mom than she needs time to use them. In other words, give her more than 3 minutes in the bathroom without an interruption. 30-35 minutes would be ideal.
- Or you can always order some mommy juice from this company that got it right. 🙂
And now let’s keep it 100 for pregnant women. Yes, you DO say Happy Mother’s Day to a pregnant woman. Let me break it down for you:
- A pregnant woman has to see the doctor regularly and follow doctors orders.
- A pregnant woman can not drink alcohol.
- A pregnant woman can not sit in a hot tub.
- A pregnant woman is restricted from taking many types of medication if she is sick.
- A pregnant woman may be at risk for preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm labor and other complications.
- A pregnant woman who does not have any health complications still has to deal with the weight gain, back aches, swollen ankles, loss of sleep and random people wanting to touch her belly. (Eww!)
In other words, she goes through a lot of sh*t to take care of her unborn child, just like a woman goes through a lot to take care of the child after it’s born. So, YES, wish that pregnant lady a Happy Mother’s Day. (Just make sure that is a pregnancy belly before you say it.)
So what is the secret to a successful Mother’s Day. According to my own experience and that of my mom friends, it varies quite a bit depending on the age of the kids.
- Newborn-4 years old: mom wants a vacation from being a mom. Let her choose whatever activity she wants to make her feel like a ‘not mom’ for a day. A special food treat or drink doesn’t hurt either.
- 5-12 years old: mom may still want a vacation from being mom. But now is also a good time to get the kids more involved in making cards and presents. A special food treat or drink doesn’t hurt either.
- 13-18 years old: I’m in the middle of this demographic, and I can honestly say that I truly love it when my daughter acknowledges all the hard work I do for her. Now is also a good time to do something together as a family since it won’t be long before high school graduation arrives. A special food treat or drink doesn’t hurt either.
- 18 and older: Since I haven’t arrived there yet, I’ll just report what my friends have told me about this age. If the kids have moved out, it can be a hard adjustment, so anything the kids can do to carve out some time to contact or visit mom and make her feel special is always welcome. If the kid has not moved out yet, well then they better be in school or paying rent! Also, a special food treat or drink doesn’t hurt either.
Whatever choices are made for this Mother’s Day, just remember to make mom feel special, and ask HER what she would like most of all. Because the most 100 thing of all is…
Yep, that’s it! Happy Mother’s Day!