Five last-minute Mother’s Day rescue solutions
Mother’s Day Solution #1 – Remember why you’re celebrating
- Make it about her. It’s tempting to make the day about the kids and what you can get them to do for her, or to make it a big family day. While those are nice add-ons, the happiest mothers are going to be those who sense that the day is really about them, above all else.
- Make it personal. Think about her favorite past times, her favorite colors, her favorite memories, or people. Apply that to your effort. Nothing says love less successfully than, for example, the gift of flowers to the mom who is allergic to flowers, the gift of a family trip to your parents’ home when you know that she doesn't feel comfortable around them, the gift of pancakes for the mom on a low-carb diet, or the gift of cleaning up the celebration mess you and the kids created.
Mother’s Day Solution #2 – Dads, take charge!
Spearhead the effort by contacting and working with all those who should be remembering what a great mom that mom is. Make sure the effort is well-rounded and Mom will feel special and honored.
Mother’s Day Solution #3 – Involve the little ones
- Don’t forget that classic: breakfast in bed. Even if you’ve forgotten about the big day until you wake up, sneak out to get a few groceries and then awaken the little ones to work with you on it. Don’t forget a bouquet of flowers to brighten that breakfast.
- Have the children make hand-colored gift certificates for mom. Help with the wording if they are very young. The gift certificates should be things that the children can do for her. Example: This gift certificate may be redeemed for a back massage, a back scratch, an hour of quiet time, a cup of tea, vacuuming or dusting of the house, etc.
Mother’s Day Solution #4 – Surprise her with thoughtful teen responses
Mother’s Day Solution #5 – Shorten the distance
Don’t forget about sisters-in-law, your adult sisters, your mom, your grandmother, your close friends. The effort can be quite simple. A gift card with a personal message is special. Even better: Pick up the phone to say hello and thanks for being a mom. Don’t let guilt for being out of touch prevent you from making the effort – any act of remembrance is better than none, and will likely be appreciated.
And remember: A small effort that is perfectly suited to her is better than a lavish expenditure that could fit any mom.
Now stop reading and go – make her feel special for all that she is and all that she has done. Go. Time’s a’wastin’.