On Mother’s Day, give your mom a gift she’ll truly appreciate. (Hint: It’s not flowers, pretty as they are.) Read on to learn what moms really want.
According to an informal Facebook/Internet poll of moms with children ranging in age from infants to adults, one of the most popular gifts desired was a little “me” time. Whether it’s a shoe-shopping trip with a girlfriend, the opportunity to watch her favorite movie by herself, or just an uninterrupted bath/shower/potty break, the moms were clear. We love you; we really do, but as one mom put it, the best Mother’s Day gift can be that “you people leave me alone for a while.”
Help with Household Tasks
Being a mom is a full-time job with no vacation. Consider giving yours a break. Have her car detailed, especially if she’s been so busy running errands that it looks like “the bottom of a cracker box,” as one mom described. Help her catch up with her housework ahead of the holiday, so you can spend a guilt-free day together. Wash the windows while another family member serves her breakfast in bed. Or, if you’re not able to help her clean, look into hiring a maid service. Even an hour a week can make a huge difference, especially if she’s going through the “baby boot camp” known as raising a newborn.
Across the board, moms wished for one trouble-free day: no arguing and no answering silly questions; no food going airborne during meals; no messes to clean (especially poop). Those with younger children wished for them to sleep through the night, while those with older kids wished they’d go to bed on time. Teens, if you want to surprise your mom, clean your room!
Quality Time Together
Give your mom a little TLC. Whether it’s something simple, like delivering a hand-made card, or something more involved, like a family outing, let her know how special she is. Cook together, or order out and have a family game night. Take a walk with her or take her out for lunch. If you can’t see her in person, have a heart-to-heart over the phone. It doesn’t take much to let her know you care. As one mom put it, “As the mother of a very active toddler, let’s face it: All I really want is snuggles. Peaceful, sweet little snuggles.”