Although we should celebrate mothers every day, Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to honor the mother of the family, as well as all the beautiful values that come with motherhood.
1. Mothers Day
Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days across the globe, most commonly in the months of March or May. In the U.S., it will be celebrated on May 9th this year which falls on the second Sunday whereas, in the U.K. and Ireland, it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent.
The modern Mother’s Day began in the United States at the initiative of Anna Jarvis in the early 20th century. Although the American version of the holiday has been criticized for having become too commercialized, this was never the intention when it was first celebrated in 1907, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother who was had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.
2. Mothers Day Gifts And Activities On A Budget
The good news is that the nature of Mother’s Day isn’t about buying expensive gifts as the emphasis of the holiday is to express love and gratitude. It’s about showing your love and appreciation as opposed to helping retailers earn a profit.
Go on a picnic or just get the family together
The beauty of the holiday is that it always falls on Sunday, so odds are you have the whole day to melt your mum’s heart. Get the family together outdoors and enjoy all those flowers blooming under the Sun. The important thing is to get everyone together so you can make a picnic at home and enjoy a game or movie night.
Make your mum’s favorite meal
At least for a day, liberate your mum from any cooking chores. Surprise her with breakfast in bed and have a BBQ on the patio.
Make a coupon book that your mom will appreciate
Collect coupons your mum will appreciate such as one for cleaning or any household products, a SPA day, a massage, manicure, pedicure, or a dinner coupon for when she doesn’t feel like cooking. Just think of things your mom would enjoy such as having a bit of alone time.
Make a pamper-mommy-schedule
Let your mum sleep in, book her a beauty appointment for the day, get a yoga class or a cooking class together, etc. Just think of all the things she’d enjoy so you can create a perfect day for her.
If you buy a device, include a tutorial with it
Buying a smart device is very thoughtful but don’t forget our parents are not the tech-savvy generation. What your mum will appreciate even more than the gift itself is your time and effort to help her make the most out of it.
3. How To Show Your Mom Appreciation Year-Round
Moms are the glue that holds the household together and the engine that keeps it running. Here are a few easy-yet-meaningful ways to show your mum you appreciate her and what she does all year long.
Help around the house
Are you taking part in the household chores? Do you have a day assigned each week when you do them? If your mum cooks dinner, the least you can do is be the one who does the dishes or sets the table. Why not making dinner once in a while? Choose a chore you feel most comfortable with as your mom will appreciate all the help she can get.
Be mindful of your actions
Being mindful around the household is another way to show both of your parents your appreciation for their hard work everything they created. Being mindful of your energy and water usage will help keep your home’s Met-Ed utility bill down and help your appliances last longer so they won’t have to be replaced as fast. Being mindful of your food consumption so all household members eat the same menu will both reduce waste and help your mom save precious time planning the meals.
Spend quality time together
There’s no greater gift than the gift of time as we all have limited time together. Spending time together creates meaningful and multi-generational memories that are so much more valuable than any gift. Ask your mum how’s she doing, if she needs help, or just tells her how much you love her. A small gesture can go a long way.
At least for one day, allow your mom to take a break, sit down and enjoy as you pamper her. However, you should shower her with love not just on this day, but all year long.