Happy Mother’s Day! What makes you proudest of your mom (or, on the other side of the coin, when do you feel proudest to be a mom)? Our moms spend so much time doing everything for us, yet they simultaneously feel incredibly proud of every little goal we ever accomplish. They are our biggest fans, our longest-lasting comrades, a shoulder to cry on, a friend you can always count on for endless laughs… the list goes on and on.
This Mother’s Day, take some time to flip the coin and let your mom know why you’re proud of her. Like you, chances are your mom is constantly trying to find ways to be her best self, crossing off lists of goals and to-do’s. Let her know that you notice her accomplishments, and that you’re proud of her for doing her best. You can always tell her in card, or in person, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. How can you get your message across?
Create something. Whether it’s a meal, a scrapbook, a poem, or a painting, create something meaningful for your wonderful mom to show her how much you care. Whip up her favorite meal to show her how proud you are of her for accomplishing her health goals; write her a short story, poem, or card to congratulate her on finishing her book list. After all, homemade gifts almost always carry the most weight.
Rehash old memories, and laugh along the way. Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, some pastries, and let the memories come alive. Talking through the good times – complete with laughs galore – lets your mom know how much you cherished your childhood, your time with her, and the memories she helped create for you.
Give her the experience of a lifetime. Help your mom cross off the items on her must-do list by accomplishing one with her. Take this Mother’s Day to take stock of the things she’s always wanted to do – whether it’s taking a trip, running a 5K, or getting back in touch with a long-lost friend or family member – and help her accomplish a goal. Working together to do so will leave her with even more powerful memories!
Talk about her problems. Let your mom vent. So often our mothers become a springboard for our thoughts, problems, ideas, and woes, listening and giving sage advice when we need it. Turn the tables and let her get some problems off her chest. Chances are your advice will help her more than you’ll ever know – after all, she taught you how to give advice her way!
How are you letting your mom know how proud you are of her, and how much you care, today? We’d love to hear your stories (and see pictures!).