Mother’s Day is just around the corner and with the shelter in place still active, it’s time to get creative about how to celebrate Mom. As a mother of 2 young kiddos, I’m having a hard time imagining how Mother’s Day will look like this year. It’s safe to say that Moms with kids of all ages are under more stress than usual, but the Lord provides us hope and joy in all circumstances. So with that in mind, here are some ideas to help you show Mom how loved she is during these crazy times:
1. Give her the day off.
For Moms of school aged children, this is probably the most time we have spent with the kids day in and day out since they were born. Dads or older siblings, give Mom a break! Let her spend her time doing something she wants to do alone on her own. Let’s start off with letting her sleep in! Throw in breakfast in bed and you have the beginnings of a great day. Insist on her taking time to go for a walk, work on that hobby she has been wanting to do, take a guilt-free self care day, or read a book without any interruptions.
2. Wash her feet....figuratively.
Mom may not want you to actually scrub her feet in a bucket of water but serving her is a great way to make her feel loved this year! Order from her favorite restaurant and make a fancy dinner out of it. Better yet, if the children are older, cook her dinner and be sure to clean up afterwards! Make it a point to do her laundry, make her bed, or bring her a refreshing drink in the middle of the day.
3. Gifts from the Heart.
Money can be tight these days so the old fashioned homemade gift can really go a long way this year. A picture collage, homemade card, or photobook are great options. While flowers are the typical Mother’s Day go-to, consider maybe a plant or a small herb garden Mom can keep on her window sill. For those of us not with our Mothers, a little bit goes a long way. Gift a donation in her name or even write her a heartfelt letter on paper and send it in the mail.
4. Virtual Visits
If you can’t physically see your Mom this year, coordinate a virtual call but add in a personal touch. Maybe have everyone prepare something uplifting to share about Mom ahead of time. If you are sending gifts, have her open them while on video chat. Play virtual games on the computer or just enjoy catching up and thanking Mom for all she’s done for you.
5. Be a friend.
For those who may be missing their Mom this year, consider reaching out to them. If you know someone who could use some extra support, think of some ways to encourage them and brighten their day. Offer to pray with them over the phone or just be a listening ear.
Of course, consider what is meaningful for your Mom but our hope is that these ideas can spark some creativity. As you think of how to celebrate Mom, remember Proverbs 1:8-9: “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” Celebrating Mom this Sunday may look different than most years but we can still honor her teaching and care to the fullest.