by Julie Jaggernath
Moms are special people, and to show your appreciation and love for your Mom or special lady, nothing does it better than time.
Time really is more precious than money, so here are 5 last minute Mother’s Day ideas she'll love and that won’t max out your credit cards:
1. Let Her Sleep In
When’s the last time Mom really got to sleep in, and didn't have to get up until she was ready to get up? This can actually take a fair bit of work to pull off, but Dads, teens and kids – rise to the challenge!
To help Mom not hear a thing, walk the dog, go for a drive, play at the park, plan a movie or games morning, visit Grandma or Auntie if they’re early risers, find something, anything, to do that won’t cause a shuffle outside her bedroom door. And instead of breakfast in bed, plan brunch or lunch in bed.
For bonus points, take what you need for the morning, out of her bedroom the night before.
2. Knock a Chore Off the Honey-do List
Look around and see what she would really like help with. Is it weeding the garden, organizing a cupboard, hanging pictures, or cleaning up your room? Teens and tweens, if you give your Mom the gift of a cleaned up room, there’s less nagging in your future – what a bonus!
If you have a senior Mom or lady in your life, ask her what she would like help with. Then recruit your crew and get ‘er done.
The trick to finding which chore to do is choosing one that Mom will benefit from and doing it her way (ok, mostly her way).
3. Give Her the Day Off
If you want to give Mom the day off, here’s your heads up - be prepared. You’re actually lucky that Mother’s Day is on a Sunday because it lets you avoid the normal weekday routine. We won’t talk about that right now....
Running a busy household is like running a business that’s open 24-7 365. If you’re not the parent who typically manages the family budget and events calendar, don’t try starting a new routine for only one day.
Ask the expert and then get organized and prepared. This will help all of you enjoy the day!
4. Wash Her Car for Her
While a clean car technically doesn’t get her from A to B any better, cleaning her car, inside and out, is something no Mom will turn down. And if she’s your personal taxi service, you’ll enjoy the result of your hard work too.
Bonus points: give her a BMW – a day free from B*ching, Moaning and Whining!
5. Make Personalized Coupons
Any day can be a Mother’s Day, and every day is a good day to pitch in and help with what needs to be done. Kids young and old can make a book of coupons for Mom that she can redeem whenever she needs help (and whenever you need a reminder to help without complaining).
Coupon books can be hand-made, coloured, sketched or printed on the computer. It can be a list you post on the fridge or notes that you staple together like a book. There’s no right or wrong way, so let your heart inspire you.
She'll Appreciate Your Thoughtful Ways
Whether you choose to spend time with Mom or give her time to spend on her own, time truly is a priceless gift!