What do real moms want for Mother’s Day? The answers might surprise you! I thought it would be fun to survey some of my “favorite” moms and see exactly what they want for Mother’s Day. Whether mom is deep in the trenches of motherhood or her children are grown, Mother’s Day is a special day to let mom know how much she is appreciated and loved! Moms make so many sacrifices for their families!
For those of you who are moms and might be struggling with feelings of comparison, overwhelm, or depression, remember no matter what gift you receive or do not receive, God has called you to be the mother of your children. You are loved by an almighty Father and that is the greatest gift of all.
1. To sleep in and wake up on my own.
If your home is anything like mine, there is no such thing as sleeping in. If my kids make it past 7 A.M. without waking me up, it is a silent victory for 15 minutes of extra sleep! For those of you with babies or toddlers still waking up in the middle of the night or almost 4-year olds who have nightmares (mine does) the thought of sleeping in without interruption is pure bliss!
2. A day with no cooking.
I know that going out for Mother’s Day can be a hassle. I remember thinking a few years ago that it would’ve been easier to have made a breakfast casserole and stayed home! Eating out with a baby, toddler, and 2 preschoolers is not a fun thing. Period.
Whether someone else cooks or takes mom out, it’s a real treat for mom to not have to fix food for a day! (Want bonus points with mom? Have breakfast ready for her after she sleeps in- see #1 above!)
3. To enjoy an hour of uninterrupted time in the bathroom.
Whether mom chooses to take a shower, bubble bath, fix her hair in peace, put on makeup, or just read a book or magazine an hour without fingers wiggling under the door or hearing, “MOM what are you doing in there” would be a great gift.
4. A special day with the family.
There’d be no Mother’s Day without a family. Moms really enjoy spending time with their family, this is especially true for my friends whose children are grown up. These moms said a special day with all of their kids and grandkids would be the best gift they could receive!
5. A clean house…just for a day!
Moms of littles, this one is for you! Between laundry, dishes, playing, errands, work, and the other activities we do everyday it’s hard to find time to clean. When you throw in a few toddlers and preschoolers who get as much joy dumping a box of something as much as they do playing with it, these moms would practically give their left arm to have someone else clean the house, just for a day!
6. No fighting or arguments…all day!
Kids are kids whether they’re 6 and 4 or 26 and 24! One way to really bless mom is to put away the disagreements for a day! It truly might be the “best day ever”!
7. A “vacation” day.
I remember back when I was a working mom and even though I used most of my vacation days to take care of sick kids or for when my daycare provider was sick, there were a few times that I had a day just to myself to shop, meet a friend for lunch, or go home and clean my house. Mom’s need some free time to do what they enjoy and the gift of time to do that is truly wonderful.
8. Time alone
If your mom is an introvert, the gift of time alone is really speaking her love language. Whether she’s a reader or runner, some special alone time followed by time with you might be just what she needs for a wonderful day!
9. To feel loved and appreciated
Sometimes the best gifts in life are a simple hug and a thank you. Gratitude and love are 2 of the key ingredients to being a mom and it’s always a wonderful feeling to receive it in return. Please let your mom know how much you love her.