Mother's Day is today and there are lots of lists describing what you should by a deserving Mom. There are restaurant deals and commercials all celebrating mothers. It's a beautiful time of year. And since people struggle trying to find the perfect gift, I thought I'd give you some ideas. The best thing for you is, they are mostly free!
Working Moms Really Want a Break for Mother's Day
What I want for Mother’s Day? Not having to do it all
|Silliness at Nemacolin|
Don't get me wrong, mothers do love expensive meals, jewelry and flowers. But those things are not what she'll value most. Below are some things you can do for the moms in your life. Here's a little tip for the husbands out there. If you give her what she wants. She'll give you what you want! ;-)
|Mom and three kids|
- Time: Many moms likely want most is the gift of time. She'd like the time to take a nap, the time to have a meal without anybody interrupting her with a request, the time t watch a television show of her choosing from beginning to end without having to get anybody a drink or take them to the bathroom. If you actually give her time to go to watch an actual movie that isn't animated, she may be so disoriented that she forgets her own name! In a word, most mothers would like a moment to breathe.
- House Cleaning: I don't know a mom out there who wouldn't appreciate waking up on Mother's Day to a sparkling home that she didn't make happen. If you really love a mom, scrub her toilets! She may just pass out because of her overwhelming gratitude. (If you don't have the time or the inclination to clean her house, give her a certificate for Merry Maids. Trust me. She'll take it!)
- Carpool: Working moms spend lots of times in their car. They are often thrilled when they get everybody where they need to be on time. And while they can find joy in everything, what would really make their heart sing is a break from having to do it.
- Calendar Management: A lot has been written about the mental load of motherhood. And it is a real thing! I have never done anything as hard as manage my family's calendar--and I passed the bar exam on the first try. This calendar management is REAL! There are play dates, birthday parties, school assemblies, family nights, activities, activities that require special clothes, doctors' appointments, and on and on. The number of things that I keep track of every month would be a daunting task for a CEO--and I am fortunate enough to live in the technology age. If there is a mom that you really love, offer to help her put everything on your calendar so that she has a true partner in this. If you're not her husband that is OK. She could likely really use the help!
To all my working mom sisters out there, I am honored and humbled to share this journey with you. Happy Mother's Day!!!