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Taking Back Mother’s Day

Mother's Day
I’ve never been a fan of commercially driven holidays such as Mother’s Day. Add in the layers of guilt associated with not acknowledging your Mom and you have the makings of an enormous last minute spending spree. How else can one explain paying over $100 to purchase and ship a bouquet of flowers? Yet there we are, credit card in hand, grateful to pay inflated prices allowing us to lift the crushing weight of guilt from our shoulders. It all seems so unnecessary. Especially when most mothers would much rather have a hug or some other genuine expression of love. So how do we reclaim the day from commercial entities and return it back its rightful place as a family oriented occasion? I’ve come up with a few suggestions.

How to make Mother’s Day less commercial

  • Forget the flowers. Florists ratchet up prices taking advantage of the guilt laden, last minute gift buying masses.
  • Home cooked meals shared with family mean more than dining at any restaurant.
  • Be generous with Hugs. Not only do they warm the heart they may protect it as well. According to the American Psychosomatic Society, a hug or even holding hands with a loved one can reduce harmful stress.
  • If you have young children, have them make greeting cards for Mom and Grandma. The activity will provide a fun craft opportunity for the kids as well as priceless creations which will be highly cherished by the recipients.
  • Have a real conversation. Speaking to each other by phone or text or even video chatting can not replace a face to face interaction. Human beings by nature are hard wired for real connectivity between each other.

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? What suggestions do you have to make Mom’s special day a less commercially driven affair?

  • I love these tips, I am all about just enjoying family on this day. I was able to sleep in, get breakfast in bed and my kids made me gifts at the Free Home Depot Kids workshop, my 8 year old planned all of that! She’s a sweetheart. Other than that I enjoyed the backyard with my kids, and I even cooked dinner. Was a normal day full of laughter, smiles and love. I am not big on store bought things, but my son did buy me flowers with my money (he’s four).

    • Anonymous

      Thank for sharing @BrandyEllen:twitter What a wonderfully genuine love filled day you had. I think it’s great your 4 year old son bought you flowers with your own money. It’s the thought that counts right? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love these tips, I am all about just enjoying family on this day. I was able to sleep in, get breakfast in bed and my kids made me gifts at the Free Home Depot Kids workshop, my 8 year old planned all of that! She’s a sweetheart. Other than that I enjoyed the backyard with my kids, and I even cooked dinner. Was a normal day full of laughter, smiles and love. I am not big on store bought things, but my son did buy me flowers with my money (he’s four).

  • I love these tips, I am all about just enjoying family on this day. I was able to sleep in, get breakfast in bed and my kids made me gifts at the Free Home Depot Kids workshop, my 8 year old planned all of that! She’s a sweetheart. Other than that I enjoyed the backyard with my kids, and I even cooked dinner. Was a normal day full of laughter, smiles and love. I am not big on store bought things, but my son did buy me flowers with my money (he’s four).

  • I had the best, non-commercial mothers day. I slept like all day. It sounds lazy but really it is something that I never get to do. My fiancee held off the needy 3 yr old while I slept and napped and slept some more. My son went to bed easily. My fiancee made me breakfast in bed. I am easy to please, but these things are not easy to accomplish. I am happy as can be!

    • Anonymous

      Seems like getting to sleep in is key. ๐Ÿ™‚ Duly noted. Thanks for sharing Adrienne.

  • Danielle Smith

    I so agree with you! The little things, the time together? That is simply the best – though with my mom in Calif while I’m in STL – she really appreciates the flowers – so I can’t complain. The kids DID make her cards (as they always do for every occasion) but the additional expression of love matters to her ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Danielle. Time together with the family coupled with the little things really can make a day special.

  • MSH

    Great suggestions. It’s also great when the Dads and Husbands allow the Moms an opportunity to sleep late, relax and enjoy the kids without any stress.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your comment MSH. I think in order to ensure Moms that they can “sleep late, relax and enjoy the kids without any stress” might require Dad and the kids to sleepover in a hotel. ๐Ÿ™‚