When I was a young girl, I always bought my mother a card and a stalk of carnation on Mother’s Day, while my dad bought a cake for her. Growing up and becoming a mother myself, I have come to realise that Mother’s Day isn’t so much about the flowers, chocolates or jewellery, but more about the experience of the day itself.
With Mother’s Day coming up in the next week, here are some things you can do for your mother to show your appreciation for all that she’s done, and all that she continues to do.
Take over the cleaning and the chores
Mothers are on call 24/7. They wake up earlier than us, and usually stay up later than us as well. When day breaks, they can already be found in the kitchen preparing breakfast for the family and making sure that there is warm food on the table when everyone wakes up.
For the rest of the day they soldier on, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, cooking lunch, washing up the dishes, only to begin another round of cooking and washing again. There is truly no break when it comes to being a mother.
One of the best ways you can show your gratitude towards your mum would be taking over the chores to give her a day off, allowing her to sleep in and get some much needed rest on Mother’s Day. As a mother, I can assure you that nothing would make me happier than waking up to a clean house and not having to worry about chores for the day.
Create a home spa day
Another way to provide your mother with a day full of rest and relaxation would be to have a spa day for her. With the Movement Control Order (MCO) in place, opting to book a session at a spa centre isn’t possible however, you can still pamper your mother and treat her to a relaxing spa day, right in the comfort of her own home.
Decorate a little corner of the house, light up some scented candles and prepare some essential oils for a soothing massage and foot bath.
Claire Organics is a great place to purchase essential oils online, and in conjunction with Mother’s Day, they are offering some Mother’s Day gift sets and care packages.
Try something you haven't done before
Being so caught up in the daily routine of chores and housework, rarely do mothers get to try something new and exciting. This Mother’s Day, switch it up a little. While we’re all self-isolating, this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy some fun activities at home. After all, creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment - it fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones!
These activities don’t necessarily have to be elaborate and fancy. In fact, it could be as simple as having a little picnic in the living room. To add to the feel of having a picnic, you could even prepare some sandwiches along with your mum's favourite food, and pack them all up in a basket. As a finishing touch, find a cosy throw or blanket, and spread it on the floor.
With a constantly busy schedule, it can be hard for mums to find the time for a good workout. If you ask, most mums will tell you, myself included, that the most exercise they’ve gotten recently would be carrying loads of groceries at the supermarket.
Start your mum’s day off on a healthy note by doing some at home yoga exercises together. It’s a great way to spend quality time with each other, as well as ensure that the whole family stays fit and healthy.
If your family prefers something a little less structured, you can never go wrong with a mid-day dance party. Blast your favourite songs and break your best and craziest dance moves out!
Just chill out together
At the end of the day, all a mum really wants is to spend quality time with her family. After all, the amount of time and effort she puts into maintaining order in the household is done so that her loved ones feel safe, comfortable and loved - which sometimes causes her to miss out on family time.
This Mother’s Day, grab a bunch of blankets, build a cosy blanket fort, and just spend time with your mother. Catch up on each other’s lives, share the things that you admire her most for, or even just watch her favourite movie together. Being able to laugh and bond with her beloved children might possibly be the best Mother’s Day gift you could give her.
For those of you who are living apart from your parents and will be unable to visit during Mother’s Day due to the MCO, don’t fret! Give your mum a call, catch up on how she’s doing and show your love by sending over a care package or a hot meal - it would make her feel appreciated and would definitely put a bright smile on her face.