Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers who read this blog. I hope your day is filled with love and well wishes, but if it isn’t, keep in mind that it is up to you to make the day special.
In an ideal world, Mother’s Day would involve breakfast in bed, carefully planned by Dad and carried out by the children, complete with flowers and a day of kisses and rest. The reality seldom matches the hype. After all, a mother’s work is never done and it’s easy to feel resentful and unhappy when you realize that your special day is not going to be that special after all.
Here’s the thing . . . it doesn’t have to be left to others to make your day wonderful. It would be nice, but if it’s not happening, you’ll need to take things into your own hands. Here’s how to make Mother’s Day awesome, even if no one acknowledges it.
Do a Craft
Grab your kids and tell them that today is Mother’s Day and they’re going to make you a gift! Then make it with them. You’ll have a fun time together, get something cute to post on social media, and you’ll also get to remind your children why it’s important to recognize the day. In my experience, our children are thrilled to let us know how much they love us, but they don’t always know how to express it.
Tell Someone What You Want
Hints don’t work with men. My husband has told me a few times now that I just need to tell him what I want or need. This goes against my normal instinct, but guess what? It works. For my birthday, I told him we were going to the beach. I even chose the restaurant I wanted to eat at and when we got there, I handed him the camera and told him I wanted photos of myself and the kids. Guess what? It ended up being a wonderful beach day and I have lots of photos to remember it by.
The same goes for Mother’s Day. If the guy in your life is clueless, tell him exactly what you want. Need a day off? Tell him you’re going to the spa and his gift to you is to watch the kids. Want a dinner out? Pick a place and let him know where you’re going. Be direct and you will be less likely to be disappointed.
No one making you breakfast in bed or offering to take you out for dinner? No worries . . . do it yourself! Even if it means going out by yourself, you’ll find it so rewarding to have a nice meal out or even order in and enjoy it with the kids.
Check out Groupon deals and grab something that appeals to you. A spa day for 75% off? Yes, please! Your treat might even be as simple as taking a luxurious bath after the kids are in bed and enjoying some ice cream on your own. Decide for yourself what is a treat and make it happen.
I’m a firm believer in making your own happiness. It took many years to learn this, but it especially applies to holidays like Mother’s Day. If no one else is going to make it a great day, do it yourself!