You know what kinda stinks about Mother’s Day? You have to leave the “happy” up to someone else!
Moms are typically the best at cute, thoughtful gestures. Now, I don’t want to give Dads and kids a bad rap. There’s plenty of talent out there, but let’s face it — Moms hold the championship title when it comes to making your special days more special.
So, we’re at a bit of an impasse. I have what I think is a pretty cute little idea to share with you for Mother’s Day, but ... you can’t very well do it for yourself, now can you? Hmmm...
Tell you what. Before I wrap up this post, I’ll give you Moms some ideas to help yourself have a fantastic Mother’s Day. In the meantime, YOU can help other Moms YOU know by sharing this blog post with their husbands or significant others.
ATTENTION KIDS & DADS:
If I were on Family Feud, and the category was “Most Common Mother’s Day Gifts,” my top three answers would be (ding!) FLOWERS, (ding!) BREAKFAST IN BED, and (ding!) COUPONS!”
We were all kids once, so surely you’ve been there. It’s Father’s Day Eve, or Mother’s Day Eve, and you TOTALLY forgot about the Big Day. So you grabbed some Crayolas and construction paper and went to town!
Now there’s nothing wrong with that, but let me show you how to jazz it up a bit. First, you can stick with your Crayolas and construction paper. But instead of offering coupons for “Five Free Hugs,” or “One Complaint-Free Dishwasher Unloading,” how about we up the ante a bit?
When it comes down to it, Moms are ALWAYS doing things for others, instead of for themselves. The best gift a Mom can get is the gift of time to do something JUST FOR HER. Here’s some ideas:
• One Free Day for Shopping & Lunch with the Girls
• One Homemade Dinner *Includes proper dishwashing & cleaning
• One Big Grocery Shopping Trip
• One PASS on visiting the inlaws
• One CARWASH *Includes Vacuuming of ALL Cheerios
• One HOT BATH *Glass of Wine Included
If you want to make the coupons extra special, cut your paper into half-inch strips like I did, write your message, and then curl it up inside a cute container, like the Amelia Thimble Domes.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a stack of Thimble Domes lying around, fold ‘em in half, and tuck them in places Mom is likely to look. Or better yet, lead her on a scavenger hunt around the house to find the coupons. Note: This is especially nice AFTER you serve her breakfast in bed.
HEY YOU MOMS!
It may surprise you to find out that I actually have no mothering experience (gasp!). However, as a son and a friend of many mothers old and new, I have picked up on a few tips that could help you have a better Mother’s Day:
Tip 1: Drop Hints
If there’s something particular you want (besides super-cute coupons and bedside breakfast service) drop a hint. Don’t be shy — you deserve it. Plus, no matter how how logical and simple it may seem to you, children are forgetful by nature and men will never master mindreading.
Tip 2: Put Yourself First
Moms are generally pulled in 87 directions at once. It is OK if all you want for Mother’s Day is a moment of peace! It doesn’t mean you love your kids less. It means you care about yourself enough to understand the value of recharge time. Go to the spa. Go to lunch. Go to the beach — just do something for you.
Tip 3: Indulge & Relax
Eat lots of chocolate. Soak in a hot bath with your favorite bubbles or bath salts. Go to your favorite restaurant. Be a diva while you can get away with it!
Whether you’re on the giving or the receiving end, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!