I’m going to get a little “deep” with this post but I’m so sick of watching TV & seeing the commercials suggesting that diamond earrings that cost $500 or a $30,000 car is what will make mom happy for Mother’s Day. You wanna know what mom really wants for Mother’s Day? You wanna make her happy? DON’T give her something that’s going to take food out of her baby’s mouths. Give her yourself. Your time. Give her your love.
From the kids
Know what I’d love from my kids? A handmade card or drawing or hand written note. Honestly. If they made me a card or drew me a picture, I’d know it came from their heart and that they meant any word they wrote. Gwen loves to draw, so I’ve got lots of things from her that I treasure. (A note: Moms don’t care about spelling or even if that dragon looks like a duck with seaweed coming from it’s mouth.)
Have them pick her a flower or two. My kids have always loved to go out & pick any flower (or what they perceive to be a flower) they find in the yard and proudly bring it to me to stick in our window shot glass that is just waiting for more flowers. The smile on their faces to know they’ve pleased you and they’re so proud of themselves…Isn’t that a gift in itself?
Maybe you could get a pack of seeds & plant them for her in a small cup. Even the smallest hands can do that.
Have a family night. Just mom, dad, and the kiddos. No phones, no video games, no tv. A cute movie & some popcorn & cuddling on the couch.
Dads, moms don’t need a ring that symbolizes eternity or some shit. Really. You want to symbolize eternity for them? Prove it. That beautiful engagement or wedding ring should be enough of a “symbol”. I may not speak for all women, but THINGS do nothing for me personally.
Tell her exactly what she means to you. Tell her you love her more than life itself and you always will. Hold her.
Walk up behind her when she’s cooking your fucking dinner for the 7th time this week and wrap your arms around her. You don’t even have to say anything. Just hold her. Probably wouldn’t hurt to whisper, “I love you”, though.
Let her know you appreciate her. Tell her THANK YOU for washing your clothes. Tell her THANK YOU for being the mother of your babies. Tell her THANK YOU for the stupid little things she does every day that may not seem like much, but you might want to think who’d do them if she didn’t.
Hold her hand. Tell her she’s beautiful- and mean it. Look into her eyes and let her see exactly the way you feel about her.
Mom doesn’t need jewelry or fancy gifts. She got her best gift the day she was given her babies…whether they be natural or adopted. What she needs is a little appreciation, a little love and while it shouldn’t have to be just the one day out of the year, show her a little extra on her special day…on Mother’s Day.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget those other moms in your life: your own mother, your grandmother, and, yes, even your mother-in-law–after all, she did give you your spouse! Add in those other figures in your life who’ve treated you like their own: your best friends’ mom & your aunts…They’re all special to you in their own way–let ‘em know!
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