Long gone are the days when household appliances qualified as thoughtful gifts (then again, were they ever really considered that thoughtful?). But for the modern mom chocolates and flowers hardly fit the bill to make her day special. Thanks to Pinterest and Facebook Mommy Groups, Mothers are under more pressure than ever to live up to unrealistic expectations, and often forget to care for themselves while working harder than ever to care for their little ones.
Chocolates she’ll have to hide from the kids and flowers might not even make it into a vase. Taking her to lunch at a nice restaurant? She’ll spend the whole morning getting the kids dressed and ready to make the reservation on time. We’ve compiled a list of what mom really wants for Mother’s Day.
1. Sleep. For heaven’s sake just let her sleep in! Mom is usually the first one up and the last one to go to bed. The truth is, “sleeping in” may only be 30 minutes, but oh what a glorious 30 minutes they will be!
2. To finish a cup of coffee while it’s still hot. Breakfast in bed may be cute, but the truth is mom is mostly thinking about the inevitable mess she’ll have to clean up later. Dads, volunteer to feed the kids breakfast, and let mom sleepily sip away at her coffee.
3. Family pictures. Let’s face it. Being a mom is a hard and often thankless job. Family pictures serve to represent the fruit of her toil. Moms are usually the ones who schedule family pictures, pick outfits and locations for family pictures and round up the uninterested and fussy herd just hoping everyone will fake a smile for one snap. A great pic of the kids that she didn’t have to finagle would be something very special indeed.
4. Brunch at home. Forget making reservations at a restaurant. Order take-out instead! Set the dining room table or make a nice spread on the back patio. Serve up the waffles and sandwiches on platters. This way the whole family can enjoy fine dining while still in their pajamas.
5. A clean house and a car wash. Put your favorite organic cleaning products to good use! Deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms, neatly pick up the clutter in the bedrooms and scrub the baseboards. Take her car to a car wash, and don’t go for the economy package. Get her car fully detailed inside and out. She’ll appreciate the fact that there’s no more goldfish crackers in between the seats, even if it’s only for a day or two.
6. A pedicure. Mom doesn’t need an entire day at the spa, but she would love an hour to herself in a massage chair while her toes are made summer sandal ready.
7. Homemade cards and handwritten letters. Perhaps it’s cliché, but mom really does treasure those macaroni art projects. Give her something from the heart.
8. Wine. If all else fails, wine works.
When all is said and done, it’s safe to say that what mom really wants is a little thoughtfulness and some time to herself. Who wouldn’t want that? Are you planning something amazing for your mom on Mother’s Day? Let us know about it in the comments!