Time to Celebrate Moms of All Kinds

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Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year. It’s the day where we honor all of the mothers, stepmoms, grandmothers, sisters, aunts or any other mom-figures in our lives and to say “thank you” for all of the love and support they give to our families. Here are some ideas to help you show the love for that special lady in your life.

Make homemade cards for Mother’s Day. There’s something really special about any sort of homemade gifts, and cards are fun and super easy to make, even for our youngest little ones. Grab some card stock, crayons, markers and/or paint…let the creativity flow! You can buy inexpensive embellishments, such as flowers and stickers to add to your cards. Ask questions, such as, “What do you love most about Mom?” and let the children write answers (or you write for them). Want to make a big impact? Make a jumbo-sized card out of poster board!

Open up the Mom Hotel. What’s the best part of staying in a hotel? Sleeping in, a great breakfast (that you don’t have to prepare) and not having to make the bed. Give Mom the morning off by letting her enjoy a stay in her own hotel…at home! While she’s sleeping in, get the kids involved with preparing a special breakfast full of her favorite foods. After you’ve enjoyed breakfast as a family, let mom rest while everyone else pitches in to clean up.

Create a Why I Love Mom video. Let the kids (and even significant others) tell Mom how much she is loved by creating a video. Whether it includes singing and dancing or simply telling her all of the things she does to make your lives better, this will be a gift that will put a smile on her face. For younger children, you can prompt them with questions they can answer on camera, such as, “What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?”

Capture Mother’s Day in photos. Most moms are busy capturing great photos of their children, but how often are they in front of the camera? Today, take camera duties away from Mom! Document all the activities of her special day in photos. Let the kiddos get in on the action and take pics from their point of view. There are great online photo printing services that you can use to create inexpensive albums or scrapbooks, which could make a great gift for next year.

However you choose to spend the day, take the time to tell Mom how much she means to you and show the love to all of the favorite moms in your life, including your mom tribe! Happy Mother’s Day!

Jennifer Halter ([email protected]) is a contributing writer and the founder of Macaroni Kid in Woodbridge and Gainesville.

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