Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Will you be doing anything special for Mother’s Day? How many times have you been asked this question by friends, family and your own spouse and kids? “What do you want for Mother’s Day?”

What DO we want for Mother’s Day, really? It’s fair to say most women simply would love to have their role as a mother be recognized, appreciated and honoured not just on one single day, but every day.

While everyone else will inevitably be celebrating mom on Mother’s Day, we can’t help but want some kind of celebration for ourselves too. So, we’ll likely fall into having expectations of a picture-perfect Mother’s Day just for the sake of the holiday.

According to a survey by savings site RetailMeNot.ca,  Canadians spent an average of $76 on gifts and an average of $184 on the overall experience in recent years. According to the survey, the top items on mothers’ wish lists included:

  • A dinner out with the family
  • Dinner at home with the family
  • Some other type of experience
  • Spa Day alone

Recent research shows that people derive greater happiness when they purchase experiences rather than things. While it’s nice to receive material things like jewelry, technology such as a new mobile phone, or a handbag, after a while the thrill wears off.  But participating in a fun experience that’s sure to create lasting memories, is far more enjoyable.

Here are 5 things moms really want for Mother’s Day.

5 Things Moms Really Want for Mother's Day | amotherworld.com

5 Things Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

Sleep

More than anything else, Mom would love to sleep in! Especially moms with younger kids… the lack of sleep has likely caught up to mom, and she could use some quiet time in the morning to catch some extra zzzz’s.

No cooking

Don’t let mom cook on Mother’s Day, no. Dads can get the kids involved and cook a lovely breakfast, or barbecue an awesome meal for lunch or dinner. Mom doesn’t want to be near the kitchen, and that includes breakfast, lunch AND dinner. If you must, take her somewhere for lunch where it isn’t too crowded.

No fighting

Kids, please get along on Mother’s Day, if not any other day of the year! Don’t argue, bicker, or get into any fist fights today of all days, mk? Thanks!

Help out around the house

Now kids should already be doing chores, but especially on Mother’s Day. Mom expects everyone in the house to make their own beds, put away their own dishes, and fold their own laundry. That means picking up dirty underwear off the bathroom floor and actually placing them in the laundry hamper, not stuffed under the bed!

Pampering

Mom will always enjoy a few hours of pampering, so if you’d like, you can purchase a gift certificate to the spa, or to get her nails or hair done. Or offer her a back massage at home or a foot rub. Pamper her like the queen she is! Give her some time to watch a movie, or read a good book with a cup of tea or glass of wine. Or if she wants, plan a nice family day together.

Listen to mom! Do what she would like on Mother’s Day. No she would not like to watch the golf tournament on television (unless she’s a huge fan), or spend the afternoon wrangling her kids and the rest of the neighbourhood kids.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

Author

Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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