Celebrate Mother’s Day
Ideas on How to Celebrate Mother’s Day
Written by Noela Collins
Mother’s Day is the day used to celebrate all Mum’s and their commitment to the family
So who do you think should be the driving force behind organising the celebration of
Mother’s Day? I feel it should be Dad and/or the kids! So come on Dad (Mum hand this
over to Dad) get the kids motivated and commit to organising a day to remember. This
could be the start of a family tradition that can be handed down through the male side of
Dad, there are still a few more Saturdays before the 10th of May, so pack Mum off to have
coffee with the girls, or if that is too suspicious then get organised while Mum does the
weekly shopping. Start by asking the kids, and yourself, what can we do as a family that
Mum enjoys or has wanted to try for some time?
What is something talked about constantly?
What item has been on the to do list for the longest?
Pick one idea and use this as the basis of your celebration for the day. This will give you a
framework for all your other decisions.
Of course you have all the traditional ideas, breakfast in bed, chocolates & flowers, lunch or
dinner out. But you can say thank you in a new way by showing you DO listen and are
willing to take one day and make it special. This doesn’t mean that the traditional ideas
can’t be part of your celebration.
Now use your idea to help you pick an activity or venue to suit – it could be visiting the
Botanic Gardens for a picnic as Mum loves gardens, and there is also the train to keep
younger children occupied and excited. The present might be that everyone gets in and
helps for 1 hour on the day in your own garden or buys that special plant that has been on
her wish list. The day could end with a drink of Mum’s choice while having a foot soak and
rub in the afternoon after all the activities and enjoying looking at the progress in the
Make the food for the day simple and easy to prepare so that the kids can help (this is a
great bonding activity for you and the kids, Dad). The kids may also want to do some
drawing or craft work for Mum so why not get them to make vouchers for Mum to use
during the year.
Remember clean-up is part of any activity so allow time for this when planning your day.
Talk through with the kids what you would like to happen and maybe even do a trial run of
some parts so that they are not on totally unfamiliar ground on the big day. Remember
keep it fun and listen to what they say, you never know they may have a good idea.
Don’t clutter the schedule for the day. This allows time to enjoy what you have planned and be able to prepare, eat, relax, drive to venues and tidy up. Remember to allow plenty of time to spare for bedtime the night before and on Sunday.
From about the 3rd of May you should be almost ready with just the buying and preparation of food items left to go. If you get to this point and realise that you still have not actually decided on anything, don’t despair just head to Wide Bay Kids events calendar for a list of activities and events in the regions.
The day doesn’t have to be grandiose, the main purpose is to say thank you Mum for being committed to your family and to create more wonderful family memories.
Mum if you have gotten this far in the article then leave it out for someone else to find or say, ’How about doing this?’ Oh and enjoy the day, relax and lap up the attention after all it is a day to celebrate you!
PS Dad if it doesn’t go to plan, that is okay, it will be brilliant whatever happens.
Written by Noela Collins of Organise Your…
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