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Do you remember what Mother’s Day was like when you were a child? If you’re childhood was anything like mine, chances are that your mother bossed you around, made you do all sorts of chores, and expected you to treat her like a queen. One of the great things about growing up is that you get a little slice of the Mother’s Day pie, yourself. Although Mother’s Day is typically associated with recent mothers, long-time mothers, and prospective ones–it’s also a day to pay respect to all woman who’ve reached adulthood and are nurturing the world in your way. Here are some ideas on how to spend your Mother’s Day.

Take Care of Yourself

Regardless of how you spend the day, I hope you can find some time to take care of yourself. Let your partner take care of your child for a bit. Go do something you’ve been wanting to to, but have been putting off. Maybe you finish that book you’ve been working on. Watch a movie that you’ve wanted to but haven’t had the time. Spend time with your friends. First and foremost, this day’s about you.

Do Something Special With Your Family

Maybe you’d like to do something special with your family. Are there any trips you’ve been wanting to make either someplace nearby or farther away? Maybe you’d like to go for a hike or have a picnic? Is there a place that means a lot to you that you’d like to share with your family?

Donate to a Charity for Mothers

Another way to celebrate Mother’s Day is by donating to a charity for mothers either in the US or elsewhere in the world. There  are a number of charities to choose from, but here are a few examples:

  • Heifer International helps provide provide women with sustainable self-reliance and economic empowement
  • Save The Children works to make life-saving, lost-cost healthcare products available to mothers around the world
  • Every Mother Counts works to improve maternal healthcare and to end preventable deaths worldwide

Watch a Mother’s Day Film

Mrs. Doubtfire, Forest Gump, Mermaids, Stepmom, Sister Act, Erin Brokovitch, Finding Neverland, The Blindisde Kids Are Alright, and The Color Purple are all films that you might be especially rewarding to watch on Mother’s Day. Maybe there’s a movie that holds particular significance for you?

Surprise Your Mom

Although you may no longer have to go through all the toil of doing chores around, the house for your mother, it would mean the world if you reach out her on what is a now a special day for both of you. If all you’re able to do is give her a call, that’s would mean the world to her. Flowers or something via post is even better. For a real surprise, see if you can find a way to spend sometime with her. Maybe you bring with you on your special family trip or watch a Mother’s Day movie with her.

Get  Treated Like a Queen

What goes around comes around. Now its your turn to draw up a special list of chores for your children/partner to take care of. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

 

Dr. Peter McIlveen