I was window-shopping when this sign caught my attention: “LEGO books inside. Shop early for Mother’s Day”. Really? What mum would want a LEGO book for Mother’s Day? And to think about it, someone who’s struggling to come up with great gift idea will see the sign and would walk in to buy what’s on offer. Don’t fall for it!
Here are some things that no mum would want for Mother’s day, no matter how much merchants might want you to believe otherwise.
1. Things that the kids will love more than the mum
LEGO books, craft packs, or other items that are likely to catch the kids attention will probably buy the mum some peace and quiet, but ultimately, they are not for her. And even though the peace and quiet may not happen – the kids will insist that mum plays, too. It’s her gift after all, isn’t it?
2. Parenting books
As mums, we already spend too much time in the motherguilt zone. We don’t need another expert telling us that we should be doing things differently from what we’re currently doing. Not on Mother’s Day!
3. Household items
A new clothes line or a slow cooker have their use, but they’re just that – useful. On Mother’s Day we want to feel special. Something to help me with the household chores doesn’t make me feel special.
4. A jam-packed day
While a well-chosen family activity can be joyful and energising, a day full of activities sounds like a nightmare, even if I’d love to do each of the activities on its own. So if you’re an over-planner, make an effort to keep it down and give the mum in your life lots of time and space to enjoy her day.
Even if the mum in your life says that Mother’s Day is not important to her, she wants to feel loved and appreciated (every day, not just on Mother’s Day). Ignoring the day completely definitely doesn’t count as love and appreciation.
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