Make Mother's Day Easy for You

A celebratory Mother's Day cookie cake.Image via Wikipediaby Mila Sidman & Alice Seba

Mother’s Day is a time for moms to sit back, relax, and enjoy a special day, courtesy of the kids. But some mothers have trouble doing that. They have their own moms to buy gifts for and pamper, and the kids can’t take care of themselves, and dinner won’t cook itself. Does this sound familiar? Here are some ways that you can make the most of Mother’s Day and enjoy it to the fullest.

Do your Mother’s Day shopping early to avoid last-minute stress. Put some thought into her gift and get her something that she can truly enjoy. If you have the time, a hand-made scrapbook is a particularly heartwarming gift. If you’re a busy lady, taking the time to cook Mom her favorite meal would be a thoughtful gesture. Flowers are also a beautiful way to show your mom how much you care.

Don’t forget about Grandma and Mother-in-Law! They deserve something special on this day, too. If you’re having trouble with gift ideas, get them some great-smelling bath products or foot the bill for a manicure or a day at the spa. Moms don’t get pampered nearly as often as they should, and when they do it is something to truly appreciate.

You could also take any of the special moms in your life out to eat at their favorite restaurants. But make sure that your family doesn’t have something similar planned at the same time. Mention it to them ahead of time, and if they give hints that they’ve got something up their sleeve, rethink your plans. If there is conflict, you could do lunch instead of dinner, or even do it the night before. It’s important to make Mom, Grandma, and Mother-in-Law feel special, but your kids want the opportunity to do something for you, too.

If you have small children, be sure to find special ways to include them in your day. They may be too young to understand Mother’s Day yet, but they will know that something special is in the air and want to be a part of it. You could help them do some age-appropriate crafts, or simply spend some special time with them one-on-one. If the weather is nice, take them for a stroll in the park or pick flowers with them. Not only will you be making sure that the little ones are included, you will be making special memories with them. And what could be more appropriate for Mother’s Day?

If you have older children, it never hurts to drop a hint or two about what would make your day the best Mother’s Day ever. You could tell them how much you love that certain dish they cook, or that watching the younger kids while you relax would be a welcome break. You are a mom, and you deserve a great day just like your mom does. If you put ideas out there, you just might be pleasantly surprised.

Moms deserve at least one special day a year to rest and truly enjoy themselves. Be sure to honor your mom and the other special moms in your life, but don’t forget to enjoy the day yourself.

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