Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Whether you’re a birth mom, a stepmom, a foster mom, a mother figure or trying to become a mom, if you love and care for a child (even a grown-up child!), you deserve to be celebrated. Moms are the unsung heroes who hold everything together on a daily basis. Once a year, their families come together to recognize and appreciate everything the moms in their lives do for them, but they sometimes find it challenging to find a good gift. After all, that’s the kind of thing moms are usually in charge of…
So, what should you do on Mother’s Day to show the moms in your life how much you care about them? Brunch is a classic choice, but it can be a crowded, expensive, and stressful affair, especially if you have little kids in tow. What do moms really want for Mother’s Day? Sleep, of course, but also a fun, relaxing day as a family.
Here are some ideas for Mother’s Day that she will love!
Start the day with breakfast in bed
Most moms would give anything for a few more minutes of sleep. So, skip brunch on Mother’s Day and opt for breakfast in bed instead. Soggy cereal may not be a tired mom’s dream breakfast. Instead, try something a little fancier, but still easy to manage with little helpers, like waffles. With endless topping possibilities and a very Instagram-worthy appearance, waffle bites are a great way to start the day, especially if they come accompanied by a large mug of coffee!
Create your own Mother’s Day card
Grabbing a card last minute is tempting, but crafting your own Mother’s Day card can be a great alternative, because she will appreciate your heartfelt words! Cards are a great option for young children since they can exercise their creativity and fine motor skills, and will require very little supervision. They will also be incredibly proud of their artwork, and moms will be happy to display their cards.
Make a keepsake ring dish
A ring dish is an easy activity you can do with a child and something that will be used every day as a safe place for mom to keep her wedding and engagement rings when she is cooking, cleaning or taking a shower. There are many ways you can personalize and make it your own using different materials like clay, terra cotta saucers, etc. A quick Google search is sure to bring up many results for you to choose from depending on your tastes and the skills of your little helper.
Create a flower bouquet out of paper
Flowers are a quintessential Mother’s Day gift, but they can wilt quickly. Luckily you can easily create a beautiful bouquet Mom will treasure for months to come. Set up a cozy craft corner with supplies like crayons, colored paper, glue, etc. easily accessible on a kids’ sized table and let your children’s imagination go wild. If the weather is not on your side, Mother’s Day-themed crafts are a great way to spend some quality time as a family, and they’ll produce results that are sure to bring a smile to your face every time you see them!
Plant a garden
Spring is the perfect time to start a flower garden. It’s a great occasion to teach your children about flowers’ life cycles, how to care for a plant, and to teach them about the importance of the environment. Digging in the dirt, watering flowers, and excitedly watching the small green sprouts turn into beautiful flowers is a fun process like no other. Choose some easy-to-grow flowers, and they’ll help you and your children enjoy the season. It could also become a yearly tradition as you grow your garden!
Visit a nearby landmark
Botanical gardens are in bloom across the country, historical homes are often opening on Mother’s Day weekend, museums and art exhibitions may run specials for moms that day… What better way to spend the day as a family than to explore new and old favorite places in your area? Plan a day trip for the occasion, pack a picnic and maybe stop for ice cream on your way home for a day to remember!
Bake a delicious dessert together
Who doesn’t like dessert? Conclude a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch or dinner with a treat the whole family is sure to appreciate: a home-baked dessert. Many recipes are easy for children to follow along to and will delight parents and kids alike. Baking together is great for bonding, and it is also a lot of fun. It’s also one of those life skills that always comes in handy. If grandparents live nearby, this can be the perfect occasion to include them in the fun, by asking them to share a favorite family recipe for example.