To the Person in Charge of Planning Mother’s Day — Here are Some Ideas

Hi,

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.

Kid Gifts

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.

Think Food

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:

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.

Sincerely,

A Fellow Mom


Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. We’re thinking about you!

 

 

 

 

Meg is a transplant to the Midwest. Originally a Louisiana native, she moved to Iowa with her family in the summer of 2016 for her husband’s residency program. She and Addison have four daughters: Kate, born November 2013; Adrienne, born December 2016; and, Elizabeth and Caroline, born November 2018. Meg is a University of Richmond grad with a PR, government affairs and community outreach background.

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