Flowers and fancy chocolates might be tempting to purchase when it comes to Mother’s Day, but these gifts might not be what your mom really wants. Celebrating this special day with the mother in your life requires some thoughtful planning in order to appreciate all that she does for you!
Gifts of Appreciation
This may seem like an obvious idea, but the method of appreciation you use depends on what kind of love your mom prefers. Perhaps the special mom in your life prefers conversation, or maybe she enjoys reading the written word. Maybe the key to her heart is a song or poem, a favorite truffle, a hug, going to a movie or hiking a nature trail. The important element to remember is that you’re not only celebrating your mom, you’re teaching others how best to show their appreciation to her.
Children are the most important people to instruct in this kind of appreciation when it comes to Mother’s Day. Being a mom is a job that spans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week serving the needs of others. Taking this time to spend with mom doing what she wants to do will help your kids show how grateful they are for all that mom does for them.
Gifts of Service
Another way to show love is through acts of service, which could include a wide variety of activities when it comes to serving your mom. Ways to spend time serving your mother might include:
- Do the grocery shopping – including using coupons – for the week ahead. Don’t forget the reusable bags!
- Prepare a hot bath in a CLEAN tub for your mom
- Make meals for everyone throughout the day
- Catch up on the laundry, including folding and putting away clothes
- Dust the furniture
- Vacuum and mop all the floors in the house
These simple chores will help you show your mom how much you appreciate what she does for everyone else.
Gifts That Pamper
While you’re serving mom, send her out of the house for some well-deserved pampering. Depending on your mom, possible pampering could include time alone with a good book, a manicure and a pedicure, a massage, a hair appointment, a teeth whitening appointment with the dentist, or cleaning up the car for her.
The only way to know for sure is to ask your mom what she would like, listen to what she says, and then provide her with a couple of pampering activities that she would really enjoy. It could be as simple as a nap!
Kelly Wilson is a busy mom and freelance writer who is looking forward to Mother’s Day. For more information about giving your special mom the gift of teeth whitening, visit Dr. Ben Crusan, a Cosmetic Dentist in Ridgefield, WA.