With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how to celebrate her special day. While candy and a card may be sweet, they’re also tired ideas that don’t show Mom how much she’s appreciated. Instead, try something new this year, get the kids involved, and try these creative new family traditions for Mother’s Day. Not only will Mom love these fresh new ways to celebrate, she’ll appreciate the things that matter most: time, effort, love, and tradition.
1. Same picture, different year – No matter what age the kids are, begin a family tradition of taking a Mother’s Day photo every year in the same location. Keep the prints together, so Mom and kids can look back and see each year’s changes.
2. A flower for each year – A single rose may be nice, but trump that idea with this creative new tradition; have each child give Mom a flower for every year she’s been their mother.
3. “Mom prom” – Have each family member dress in their best, and host a family dance, with Mom as the special guest. Make sure every kid, as well as Dad, gets to dance with Mom. Check out Top 35 Songs About Moms for perfect Mother’s Day song choices.
4. Draw a portrait of Mom – Have each child draw or paint a portrait of Mom on Mother’s Day. Make this a family tradition by continuing it year after year, keeping past year’s drawings and comparing (and laughing) about each picture.
5. Personalized Mother’s Day placemat – Purchase (or create) a special placemat for Mom to have at her table setting all day on Mother’s Day. Each year, make the tradition of having each family member write a new special note to Mom, with the date, on the placemat in permanent marker.
6. Serenade Mom – Start the creative tradition of writing (and performing) a Mother’s Day song for Mom each year. Be sure to film or record it, so she can repeat and cherish each year’s performance.
7. Write Mom a poem – Depending on each family member’s age level, write new poems for Mom each year, whether simple haikus or lengthy sonnets. Compile the poems into a Mother’s Day notebook for Mom.
8. Make an “I Love You” book – Along the same lines, purchase (or make) a blank journal, and title it “I Love Mom because…” Each family member then adds new reasons to the book every year, writing their notes to Mom, telling her why they love her.
9. “Mom for the Day” – Have Mom make a list of all the jobs she does around the home. On Mother’s Day, delegate those jobs to each family member, giving Mom a rest from the day’s chores.
10. Look at family albums together – Who doesn’t love looking through old memories? Make Mother’s Day a guaranteed time to sit around as a family, look through photos albums, memory boxes and baby books, and talk about the old days.
This Mother’s Day, take the time to put some effort and imagination into your celebration. “Wow” Mom by starting these new, creative family traditions, and make Mother’s Day a day she’ll truly treasure forever.