Hey you! Yeah, YOU! Dude!
Now that I’ve got your attention, let me give you a heads up. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If you have a Mom in your life, you have a job to do. Surprised? Well, listen up.
As a Dad or spouse or boyfriend of a Mom with kids, you need to facilitate Mother’s Day. Having little kids means you do something with them, making something, to give to Mom. Having older kids means you rally up the kids, take them to a store and help them buy something for Mom. Having teenagers means reminding them to pick up something for their Mother and to be home on Mother’s Day to tell her how much they love her. Nag if you have to, they are teenagers.
Having the kids make something to give to Mom are always greatly loved. That means sitting down with the kids, making a card, a macaroni necklace, buying flowers, shopping for chocolates or arranging breakfast in bed. You can try making some cookies or a cake! If it turns out horrible, even better because it shows you all tried. Have the kids put their hands in some plaster of paris and paint them. You can do it!
You can make reservations for brunch, lunch, supper or dinner. Anything that includes all of the kids and Mom for a fun, stress free outing to celebrate Mom. Better yet, make the meal for her and let her put her feet up while you and the kids clean up. Take her out to her favourite museum or gallery to stroll around. Maybe to some botanical gardens to admire the spring flowers.
Be it a homemade card or something store bought, have all of the kids sign it. Even the baby with a painted footprint will be cherished for years to come. But have the kids do it.
You should do something too. No, she’s not your Mom, but she is the Mom of your kids. So sneak in a gift certificate for a mani/pedi combo or maybe getting her hair done. Be sure to make yourself available to watch the kids when she goes.
You know when they say “It’s the thought that counts”? Well HAVE THE THOUGHT. Do something. Show the Mom in your life that you appreciate all that she does as a Mom. Help the kids show their appreciation. Be the facilitator! Your efforts will mean the world to her.