Mothers are so special. They are our first connection to life and our first experience of the world. No matter what happens afterward, they will always be that precious lifeline. Mothers are the ones who care and clean and comfort and encourage. Mothering is hard. Properly teaching and guiding your children while also keeping the rest of life going and maintaining your sanity often seems impossible. Yet the work is priceless. You know this. The next question is, what can you do to appreciate someone whose worth is priceless? Not easily. But here are some ideas that can help.
Sometimes the hard work of motherhood can go unnoticed and unappreciated. It's probably part of why we have a Mother's Day: so we can remember everything mom does for us. Noticing some of the things your mother does for you or did for you when you were younger is a great way to demonstrate your gratitude for those things.
Is she always making food for the family? Maybe a new crockpot or food processor can help her with some of the meals she makes or give her more options. Is she constantly cleaning? New and more efficient cleaning supplies might be just the thing. This idea works best if you use them first and then welcome her into a nice, clean house on her special day. Is she one of those that carries her life in a purse that is so full she can't find anything anymore? An extra-large canvas tote with tons of pockets and her name monogrammed on it for a personal touch could solve her problems and show your appreciation. Win-win!
It's a rare mother who doesn't care about her family. Moms care! They care about how we are doing, how we are feeling, how things are going. They listen and are ready to help whenever we need them. Sometimes they know what we need before we do! A mother's love is a beautiful thing. This Mother's Day, respond in kind!
She can predict what you need, see if you can pay attention to her preferences, and get her something she will love! What kind of jewelry does her eye gravitate toward? Something sparkly and sophisticated could be nice. Is there somewhere she has always wanted to go, but things never worked out? Make a family trip of it and spend time doing what she wants to do this time. Is there an exercise activity she has been curious about? Grab her some yoga pants and sign her and her friend up for a class! Show her you care by choosing a gift that shows how well you know her.
Part of what makes a mother happy is knowing that her family is happy. Your success is her success, and, if we are being honest, probably a big reason we are where we are is because of Mom. Now is the time to acknowledge the sacrifices she has made and give credit where credit is due. How has she helped you? Perhaps your mother was the family chauffeur and was responsible for taking everyone to school, lessons, and practices. This time, let her be in the backseat, whether you are driving or you rent a chauffeur for a fancier experience. Take her to a special event that showcases the achievements of a particular family member or plan a drop-in at multiple members' houses to show her exactly how everyone is doing. Maybe Mom was the reason meals tasted good and family members walked away full, even when there appeared to be nothing in the fridge. Invite her out to a nice dinner or a home-cooked meal where she is the one being served. Make an announcement about what your mother did for you and how you hope to pay that back, even just a little bit, in this small way. If your mom kept clothes on you even when you were growing out of them and wearing them out left and right, her own brand new outfit might be a great turnaround gift. A special occasion dress or an activewear combo could be the gift that helps her realize you know and appreciate what she has done for you.
As we said before, mothers are so special. Yours is too! Find the unique way to show her how you feel about her, whether it is helping her with everything she is doing, paying attention to what she is interested in, or acknowledging how she made you the person you are today. Remember to add a nice card to whichever gift you choose that says what you want to say, even if it is clumsy. Your mom will love it!