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Mother’s Day by Dolores Hoffman

Mother’s Day became officially recognized in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. It is a day to honor mothers and celebrate motherhood and is the one day out of the year when children of all ages show how much they appreciate their mothers. There are many creative ways to show the mothers in your life that you appreciate them. Here are few ideas to make this Mother’s Day a day to remember:

Time Together

If you can, set aside that day and treat your mother to a day she’ll remember. Take her to brunch or a movie. Spending time together is what really counts.

A Day Off

This is by far the best gift of all. Whether you take the day off or give the mom in your life time to sit back and relax, it’s a great idea all around. One thing moms are short on is "time". This is especially true for moms with young children. Time to read, nap or just do nothing will be a welcomed gift. Let’s face it, at some point on Mother's Day, you will want some time alone for a little rest and relaxation. To ensure you get your wish, be direct and give your significant other a heads up a few days before Mother’s Day. Trust me, they’ll appreciate the guidance. Some things to ask for:

- A chance to sleep in until 9 a.m.

- Breakfast in Bed

- A massage at your favorite salon

- Peace and quiet for a few hours

Write down your memories

Moms love to know what their kids remember from childhood and how they see things now. List all the memories and teachable moments and write them in a little journal or tear each memory off in a strip and put them in a decorative jar. Pull out a memory every day.

Simple Celebration

Making a Mother’s Day celebration memorable doesn’t mean it has to be expensive or difficult. Gather your family and friends together for a joint celebration. Invite all the people who hold a special place in your mother's life. Order a cake or arrange a barbecue.

Think Outside the Box

Giving cards and flowers are nice but why not give a unique gift this year.

- A private yoga session can do wonders. She may resist at first but once she feels the benefits, she’ll be hooked.

- Give your time. A clean house makes for a happy mom. Offer to do yard work or clean the house before making her a great dinner. You don';t have to clean everything, she'll just be happy and relieved that she didn't have to do it herself!

Mother’s Day without Mom

Mother's Day can be a difficult holiday for those whose mothers have passed away. Although it can be painful, spending time with loved ones and remembering the good times can be rewarding. Cooking one of your mother’s best dishes or sharing stories about her to your own children can turn your sorrow into a tribute. Another great way to honor your mother is by doing something nice for someone else’s mom.

We are all here because of our mom. However you celebrate Mother’s Day, be sure to relax, have fun and thank her for being so kind and so loving. Happy Mother's Day!


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