As a mom myself, I now have the ‘in’ on what moms really want for Mother’s Day. Every year, I see countless Mother’s Day Gift Guides full of stuff. And while I love stuff, and I love to recommend stuff, I’d like to suggest a different kind of gift for your mom/wife/partner/girlfriend this year.
This gift can be completely personalized to your special lady. It’s just going to take a little effort and attention on your part to figure out how to best tailor it to her needs. (You have two weeks from today, so I’d suggest you start now).
As soon as we give birth to our children, there is one singular item that leaves the house; shuts the door behind itself; and waves bye-bye as it drives off into the dark night – while we stare back longingly, tears streaming down our faces.
I don’t know a single mom who has enough of it, and if you give her this one thing for Mother’s Day (and there are so many ways to do it), it just might be the best thing she gets all year.
I’m talking about Time… Just time. Give her the gift of f&*king time.
It seems simple, and maybe even like something that she might not really want. But I can with almost 150% certainty guarantee you that she will love it, and she will appreciate it.
In THE WORLD OF MOMS, let me tell you the things that come before ourselves:
feeding the family, making the coffee (most importantly), feeding the dog, changing diapers, picking up the dog’s poop, doing laundry, doing dishes, cleaning the house, making a buck, educating our kids, instilling values in our kids, bathing and brushing their teeth, changing their clothes, handling doctor appointments, making sure the kids get outside, making sure they have mindful activities, teaching them to read, planning family outings, planning vacations, doing taxes, grocery shopping, taking out the trash, doing the nightly bedtime routine x however many kids we have, shopping for clothes for said kids, schlepping kids to school and sports and arts and musics and churches and camps and any other activity they could possibly come up with. The list could go on forever.
I think you get it… I hope you get it.
There are very few hours in any given month that I get to myself. And looking back on it, this is probably how my mother lived – in constant caring for other people.
So below are some suggestions of nice things you can do for the mama in your life, that will give her the gift of time this Mother’s Day.
Most importantly, get creative and do what you think she most needs. She loves you most!
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