You’re busy. We’re all busy. Celebrations come flying at us and we do our best to put something special together with mixed results. The thing is, it doesn’t require a lot of money or even that much time to make most moms happy. So this year, why not put in a little advance planning to let your mom know she’s appreciated and loved. Here are 10 ways to take care of Mom this Mother’s Day.
1. Make brunch.
If you are a mom yourself, this one might not be a great deal, so if you hate to cook, move on. But if you don’t mind so much, then plan a spectacular brunch. The Pioneer Woman has got this down, with recipes for a sausage-kale breakfast casserole, a breakfast quesadilla, eggs Florentine, lemon blueberry pancakes and more.
2. Get everyone together for a group picture.
Hire a photographer and capture the whole family together. But do tell your mom ahead of time. She will want to look her best for a picture.
3. Make a card.
How many years has it been since you picked up your markers to say I love you? Write a goofy poem. Make a top 10 “Favorite Mom Memories” list. Draw flowers and hearts like you did when you were 8. It’s your mom — she’ll love it, or at least be amused by it.
4. Plan an outing.
As we get older and wiser, we tend to value experiences more than things. How about getting tickets for Paul Simon’s June 11 show at the Toledo Zoo? Or maybe take her shopping for the day in downtown Vermilion and then out to lunch at Chez Francois? You could also keep it simple and join her for a spring hike. If your mother is like most, she just wants to spend time with you.
5. Make her a coupon book.
You might have done this when you were a kid—coupons for unloading the dishwasher or setting the table. Up your ante and give her a coupon for three hours of yard work help. Or to do her grocery shopping for her.
6. Give her something she would never buy herself.
Yes, we just said people value experiences more than stuff. But, for some of us, there is still quite a thrill that comes with a silk scarf or expensive box of chocolates.
7. Make her a playlist.
Call it “Songs I Remember From the Backseat.” Just don’t mention how no one wore seatbelts. Focus on the music.
8. Give her a book.
Taking the time to pick out a meaningful book is just another way of saying that you understand someone. Real Simple Magazine has an excellent list of 23 books geared toward mothers.
9. Plant a garden together.
Tomatoes, pepper, herbs, whatever she likes, as long as it’s not too hard to maintain.
10. Realize that all families have issues.
Just like you don’t expect your spouse to be perfect or your kids to be perfect, don’t expect your mom to be perfect, either. Simply enjoy your time together.
If your mom is experiencing health issues, you can always help her out no matter what time of the year it is by assisting her with doctor appointments. Contact us to schedule one today.