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I’ve been a mother for nearly 9 years, but I still have trouble accepting that Mother’s Day is for me. I still think of it as a day to celebrate my own mother. I remember when I was a child, we used to do a lot of fun things with my grandparents or dad for my mom, but my favorite memories are of the projects we tried to complete on our own.
One year, we decided to make a homemade perfume for my mom. We painstakingly pulled the nectar out of honeysuckle blossoms and tried to squeeze them into a tiny perfume bottle. We probably squeezed about 300 blossoms into that jar. Sadly, before we filled it up, the nectar became moldy. I can’t remember if we still tried to give it to her, but I imagine if we had, she would have pretended to love it.
Many other years I remember making little construction paper cards and other odds and ends from around the house. My mom always seemed like she really enjoyed those.
As an adult, I feel like a lot of Mother’s Day celebrations focus on meaningless activities. A lot of grown children/husbands feel obligated to buy something big or show their love in a monetary way, but I don’t think Mother’s Day should be like that.
I think Mother’s Day should be all about the love between mom and kids.
One Simple Tip to Make Mother’s Day Meaningful
I think most mothers would agree that for Mother’s Day, it’s not so much about the stuff as it is the thought behind the day. Whether you focus on time, experiences, or an actual gift, make sure that your mom (or your kids) knows just how much love there is between you. That is the best focus of all for Mother’s Day.
Over the past 9 years, we don’t do a lot of craft projects for Mother’s Day because it seems weird to help my kids make a Mother’s Day project for me. Last year, Monkey transformed an old mailbox into a little box where we could share notes with each other. That was probably my favorite Mother’s Day gift of all.
When I think about what I want for Mother’s Day, there are not a lot of things involved. I want to spend time with my children (hopefully at a delicious brunch) and not have to change diapers. I want my children to come up with their own ideas for how to celebrate the holiday.*****************
I still like to focus on celebrating my mom (and my husband’s mom), because even though their kids are grown, they put all that effort into raising us. I usually focus on providing pampering-style items to them, because I feel like they probably deserve a break after so many years of hardcore parenting.
We make Mother’s Day meaningful by focusing on love rather than obligation. That’s all there is to it!
How do you make Mother’s Day meaningful at your house?
Mother’s Day Giveaway
The items in the gift basket that the Pro Bloggers Tribe is giving away contains items that would be perfect for sharing the love with any mom! Or, you can keep the basket for yourself. We won’t tell.
In honor of Mother’s Day, The Pro Bloggers Tribe is hosting a Mother’s Day giveaway. We are going to give away a gift basket full of special things that would please any mom! Find more details and enter below!
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