The world looks a little different these days, and it looks like we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day at home with our families. With schools closed down and all of us spending a lot more time together, moms could use some extra love on Mother’s Day at home this year.
Treats for Mother’s Day at Home
Here are some ways we can celebrate mothers for the wonderful women they are!
1. Make Her Meals/Order Takeout
If mom does most of the cooking in your house, she probably runs out of ideas. She may even get a little burnt out from time to time. Now’s your chance to make a yummy meal so she can relax! If you’re not sure what to make, here are some ideas! If you’re not too confident in your family members’ cooking skills, then check out some local spots where you can get a curbside pickup, delivery, or takeout.
2. Coffee Beans from a Local Roaster
There are plenty of local coffee roasters who are taking orders and will do curbside pickup! And they need our business more than ever. While she would love a surprise, you could also ask her exactly how she loves her coffee. Or, buy her some fresh beans from a local roaster if she’d prefer to make herself a cup just the way she likes it!
3. Fresh Flowers
Grocery stores have plenty of fresh flowers! (We’re partial to the ones at Trader Joe’s) But, if you’re not planning a trip to the store anytime soon, check and see what you have in the backyard! Make sure they’re long-stemmed and don’t completely deplete the garden blooms.
4. A Much-Needed Nap-time
There’s one thing that almost every mom I know wants in the afternoon: a nap. Don’t interrupt, text her, or ask her questions. Just pretend she’s not there for a while.
5. Give Her Plenty of Alone Time!
During the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably spent a lot of time together as a family. As much fun as that can be, it can also take a physical and emotional toll on moms. I can guarantee the mom in your life is in desperate need of some “me time.” Make sure she gets as much as she needs!
Mother’s Day at Home: Around the House
Household chores should be divided equally between family members like a duck takes to water. But let’s be honest, moms always do a little extra, don’t they? With the next ideas you can take that off her shoulders.
6. Deep Clean the House
Could you vacuum the carpets? Clean the windows? Assign a couple of cleaning tasks to each family member and divide and conquer! Be sure each family member gets an age-appropriate task (no dangerous cleaning solutions for the little guys). If you’re not sure what needs to be done, I’m sure she’d be more than happy to give you some suggestions!
7. Step Up with the Dishes
It’s your turn to step up and do all the dishes. Now listen, you’ve got to make sure you get all the extra food off before it goes in the dishwasher, make sure it’s properly loaded, and everything gets put away timely and in the right spot! Whatever you do, DO NOT leave your dirty dishes in the sink.
Before the weather turns hot, it’s the perfect time to get some gardening done for spring blooms! Ask her if any of the gardens need weeding, walkways need sweeping, or if the lawn needs mowing. I’m sure there are plenty of things that need to be done so your lawn can look nice and fresh!
9. Fold Some Laundry
Or, even better, learn how to do your own laundry! I know the day I started doing my own laundry was a milestone for my mom. If you’re having trouble, ask her some pointers. If she’s particular about the way it’s folded, see if you can do it just the way she likes it!
Activities for Mother’s Day at Home
10. Family Game Night
If you want to do something together as a family, have a family game night where SHE gets to choose the games! It may be just the thing she needs to let loose and have a little fun.
11. Let Her Pick What to Watch on TV
If you decide to watch a movie together, ask her if there’s anything she would like to watch with the whole family. See if there’s a special or memorable movie from her childhood that she would like to share! Make some popcorn and see if she’d like a glass of wine!
12. Make Some Original Artwork
Do something creative! Press some pretty flowers in a book and make a unique, nature-inspired card. Write out all your favorite things about her in a homemade card. Make an acronym for her name! Think of all the ways she’s unique and wonderful, and make something that reflects it!
13. Keep the Peace
If your family is anything like mine…not all days are sunshine and sparkles. Conflict is a natural part of the family experience, but perhaps on mother’s day, we can all wave the white flag. When conflict starts or tensions get high, take some deep breaths, take a step back, and try to remember that today is about her. She would probably just like a day of peace and harmony.
14. Spa Day
A spa is a wonderful way to help mom relax and enjoy a little pampering. Here are some ideas to make the perfect Mother’s Day spa:
- Maybe one of your family members gives a good massage?
- Look up different “steam treatments” that you can do at home.
- Break out your fluffiest towels (fresh out of the dryer or heated).
- Be sure she stays hydrated with water infused with fresh berries!
- Paint her nails (maybe this should be left to the higher-skilled family members).
- Make her a yogurt-honey face mask so she’ll feel relaxed and moisturized!
Mother’s Day at Home 2020: The One Where We Were Quarantined
This Mother’s Day at home will be like no other we’ve had before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as special! Share your ideas in the comments! And make sure to tell the mom in your life just how awesome she is on FamilyApp!