Who is ready for Day? That time of year is coming and I have some reminders for all mothers on Mother’s Day. Things you should remember to do if you want to be the best mom you can be. Read on for 3 Mother’s Day reminders for Mothers.
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1. Treat Yo-Self! For Mother’s day. Spend some time and/or money on yourself.
2. Time is fleeting. Do your best to enjoy it and make mom life fun!
3. Go Back to your Mamma roots. Thank your own mother (or the closest thing to one).
So let me break them down, 3 Mother’s Day Reminders for Mothers.
1. Treat Yo-Self on Mother’s Day
It’s not often we as moms get something new for ourselves, or get to spend some guilt-free time alone. Usually, the kiddos are first on our minds. Even though our walking shoes have a hole and leggings are our only pants that fit now, the kids’ favorite snack or sporting event takes first place in our minds, and sometimes the budget. Make sure on Mother’s Day that you take some time or money to get what you need or: GASP: what you want!
It is way easier to have patience when you are comfortable (in those new shoes), relaxed (after some alone time shopping), and excited (to try out that new bottle of wine after bedtime). When my kids were babies “Treat Yo-self” was especially hard for me. I nursed both until a little over a year old, and this made leaving them stressful! So, I had to do short trips and treated myself to things I needed more often than I did to the things I wanted. Now, wine and escaping are the top priority.
We will call this the Mother’s Day evolution.
I’m sure it will evolve again when they are a lot older and it will be about having them with me again. So, follow this rule the best you can according to where you are in motherhood and Treat-Yo Self! (Steph, I always think of you when I say this. Miss you!)
2. Time is Fleeting on Mother’s Day
Things move so fast in this world, we mothers need to remember to slow down and enjoy sometimes! Starting this blog has gotten me distracted from my kiddos. I have been feeling guilty about not giving them the same amount of attention and maybe relying on screen time more than I would like.
I went to have a visit with someone who has been in my tribe since my birth – one of my many amazing Aunties!
We were talking about one thing or another, and she mentioned how her mother was the best at making everything a game. She told me of how they always had a dress-up fashion show complete with cookies and tea in the bedroom. This was her mother’s way of changing over the kid’s wardrobe for each season. Making the pain-in-the-butt tasks, having to see what still fits, and enticing the kids to change clothing styles from warm to cool layers, is a fun, and playful experience!
This was such a great reminder to me this Mother’s Day.
With all the stress of things to get done, I had fallen into just going through the motions; forgetful of my own advice to keep that connection with the kiddos. After doing my writing for that day, I needed to write a grocery list and make dinner.
I decided to take a page from my Auntie’s book and try to make these tasks fun enough to enjoy with the kiddos.
I wrote the list while they drew pictures of what they thought should be on the list. My 5-year-old loved this and proceeded to draw me 5 pages of blueberries. Then we made tuna salad for dinner, so it was super easy for them to take turns adding ingredients and stirring it up. They loved that mom and dad were the ones who had to say, “thank you for cooking dinner”. My daughter even ate three big bites of her sandwich since she made it. That would never have happened otherwise! I got things done and the kiddos had fun with me.
My grandmother always tells me, “time is fleeting.” It goes by so quickly, that we need to remember to enjoy it. Soon enough change happens. I will soon see the next evolution of motherhood and they will ignore my homemade fun for friends.
Be sure to remember to thank your mother (or the closest thing) on Mother’s Day. One of the important parts of growing and keeping your tribe strong is to take the time to make sure those in it feel special, listened to, wanted, and loved. My momma is a crucial member of my tribe. I see and talk to her often. She especially likes to have help with her projects, so the kiddos and I are going over to spend time with her and work in her garden.
I know my mom has gone through many of the Mother’s Day evolutions.
Most recently, the evolution where her kids are grown and trying to make it in this busy world. Therefore, Mother’s Day sometimes takes the back burner. ? I’m glad I can go spend time with her on that day.
I like to think about my Grandmothers on Mother’s day as well.
Previous generations have a wealth of knowledge and mom experience, and today is a great day to reflect on that. I love to hear stories about my Gram Carlita who had 4 babies and ran the show at her home. And my Grandma Janet, I can still hear stories from her! LUCKY!! She is one of the sweetest, most amazing people I have ever met. She had 8 kids, all about a year apart (give or take). Grandma is rich with children and grandchildren!
Remember to take time for the lady that is the mom of your tribe. The one that taught me how to mom, along with a whole bunch of other important life skills. I’m so proud and thankful for mine! Love you, Mom!
Check out these sweet gratitude Journals you can treat yourself with this Mothers Day!