Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I say this because you should really do something special for her to show her you appreciate her. But what?
A big brunch and a bouquet is a wonderful idea, especially if you've been out from under her custodial care for a bit. If, however, she is a mother with children still at home, we'd like to suggest a radical idea this Mother’s Day: Leave Mom Alone.
This may sound unorthodox and maybe even a little bit grumpy, but consider this: for those Moms, every day is “Mother's Day.” She has to be a Mother and a parent every single day. Moms don't get holidays or weekends off, so we suggest that she might relish the idea of having a whole day just to herself.
Of course, this course of action requires planning. And it doesn’t get you off the hook for actually buying her something thoughtful and pampering her! You still have to make sure she feels loved.
We suggest breakfast in bed, complete with cards and presents. Then disappear with the kids while she recharges her batteries and has time to miss you. You should reappear around dinnertime with her favorite takeaway so she doesn’t have to cook. And draw her an extra nice bath. Perfect.
Make sure you ask her beforehand, of course. And do give her enough lead time to make a plan, see a movie, visit a girlfriend, get her nails done (or even just pad around the house wearing nothing but a hair mask and a smile)! The point is if you want to treat your Mom, ask her what she’d like to do: even if that’s absolutely nothing.