For the past week, you’ve been asking me repeatedly what you should get me for Mother’s Day. And while I try to tell you that it doesn’t work that way, I don’t think you understand how I feel. I’m going to try my best to explain what Mother’s Day means to me and what would make me happy.
Mother’s Day for me is all about celebrating being a mom.
I’m proud of being a mom.
Let’s face it, parenthood is hard. Being a mom is definitely the toughest job I’ve ever had. For Mother’s Day all I really want is to feel appreciated and loved. How you show that is completely up to you and our boys.
It does not have to be an expensive gift. It doesn’t even have to be anything you buy. Simply think of what might make me feel special or give me a bit of a break.
- something the boys make
- the house plastered with sweet notes from my boys
- a treasure hunt around the house revealing art the boys made or little trinkets they pick out
- taking us somewhere that we can enjoy as a family
- breakfast in bed
- making me feel pampered such as giving me a foot massage
- I-O-U (s) for free passes later such as going shopping by myself or an evening with a friend
- taking over my not-so-fun mom duties for the day like cleaning up after meals, changing all of Wesley’s diapers
- allowing the boys to pick something small that reminds them of me or they think is pretty
I’ve avoided telling you any of these ideas because I felt like once I asked for it, it isn’t genuine. I wanted you to come up with these types of gestures on your own. But I’ve realized you don’t know. Even when I say I only want something thoughtful, you are confused about what that means. You don’t know what I want Mother’s Day to be about and what most mother’s want. And because of that, you get irritated with me, saying I don’t tell you what I want.
I hope that reading this post will shed some light on what would make me happy and keep you from getting frustrated. Mother’s Day should not be about hard feelings.
Here’s to a happy day, celebrating the rewarding yet challenging role of mom!