Think it isn’t possible? Follow these simple steps for the BEST Mother’s Day ever!
When you think of Mother’s Day you may visualize breakfast in bed, receiving flowers, small children hugging their grandmothers, and mom looking gleeful and relaxed as she opens those oh-so-special cards and gifts.What you don’t see is who’s cleaning up the breakfast, and who’s rushing to get the children and everything else ready for grandma’s visit! The answer, of course, is us moms!!!
Well, I have finally learned it doesn’t have to be a day like every other day. Try all or just a few of what I have come to call “My Care-free Stress-free Mother’s Day,” and I assure you, this Mother’s Day will be a bit less stressful and a lot more special.
Start a Tradition.
Choose one thing to do every Mother’s Day so that you can sit back and relax knowing that your day is planned. In our family, we go for a walk in the woods – rain or shine. It is a wonderfully relaxing, stress-free activity.
Create a Mother’s Day Honey-Do List.
Prepare a list ahead of time for your partner of chores and things to be done on Mother’s Day that you would normally do every other day. Include shopping lists, routines, laundry, what the kids wear, planning lunches for school the next day, and any other must-dos and preparations to make your day easier.
Make a Mother’s Day Wish-Gift Guide.
Nothing can ever replace your child’s handmade cards and potted plants, but how often have you had to replace that gift your husband and family thought you wanted? Providing them with a personal wish list will make them feel like they’ve made you happy and you’ll use the gift instead of burying it in your closet or drawer! (…and if my husband is reading this, I really do like the potted plant – can you make it a Hydrangea this year??)
…which brings me to my next suggestion:
Don’t Assume that your spouse knows what you want to do for the day…and don’t expect them to know.
This goes for the men on Father’s Day too. There is nothing wrong with planning out the whole day so that you get to do what you want to do…or let them know what you don’t want to do!
Set Some Alone Time.
Hey girlfriends, we’ve earned it! Have your husband take the kids out after the excitement of the morning’s breakfast in bed with your loved ones. Then pamper, indulge or just enjoy the peace and quiet.
Don’t make lunch or dinner, make reservations! It’s Mother’s Day and, unless you’re a domestic diva who revels in entertaining and cooking, let someone else do the work.
Give Yourself a Gift!
Who says you can’t reward yourself for being such a terrific mom by buying yourself a gift? No one! Splurge and buy yourself something special. You deserve it!
Remember You’re Special.
We’re so busy thinking about and doing things for everyone else that we generally don’t take the time to appreciate ourselves. So don’t wait for others to remind you. Take a bow, shout out “I’m special,” or just keep a smile on your face even when your child spills the milk all over the kitchen floor remember, you’re special!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!