The mom in your life may need a little extra TLC during the COVID pandemic—and it just so happens that Mother’s Day is right around the corner.
The first thing to do is to talk about expectations.
The recipe for a bad Mother’s Day (or birthday, anniversary . . .) is for someone to have high expectations and be left disappointed. So, go ahead and do the unsexy thing and bring it up now. Maybe you already have traditions, but it still can’t hurt to make sure the tradition is worth upholding.
If the kids are younger, conduct a cute interview about their mom (especially since teachers can’t, head to Pinterest to find one you like). Also, when she isn’t around, help the kids make cards to be stored away.
Breakfast in bed is a classic Mother’s Day move. Consider adding a local treat to the mix (I’ve picked up pastries from Tip Top Cakes, Valerie’s French Cooking and Deluxe lately, and they’ve all been excellent). Local restaurants that are featuring special Mother’s Day meals include Blackstone, Wildwood BBQ, Vue Rooftop and 30Hop. Order early.
What Else to Get or Do
I don’t know a mom who wouldn’t love to hear the words “I’m in charge of the kids, stay in here for a few hours to sleep, read, watch TV or whatever you’d like.” Hand her some new books, journals, or a candle to make it an even more thoughtful gesture.
Here are some ideas:
- Gift cards to local restaurants or shops
- Books or puzzles from Sidekick, Prairie Lights or Haunted Bookshop
- A photo session (try Lindsay McGowan Photography & Rebecca Sanabria Photographs)
- Flowers (Willow & Stock, Hydrangea & Beno’s Flowers are good options)
- Wine (Brix delivers!)
- Cielo Goods comfort package
- Local CSA Subscription
You don’t have to look far online for gift recommendations on items like pajamas, skincare and cookbooks (I like Do Say Give’s guide).
The lasting gift would be to truly check in and ask her what is working right now and what isn’t.
Research (and common sense) shows that mothers bear the brunt of child care and household duties. Add a pandemic to the mix and she may be carrying more than she can handle. Take on more tasks and give her the break she may need.
Your support each day means more than a big show one Sunday a year.
A Fellow Mom
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. We’re thinking about you!