What can you give your wife on Mother's Day if you don't have a lot of money?
Remember, it is not Wife's Day but Mother's Day. It is
the kids who have to make the effort, but they may need guidance
from their father. For some women Mother's Day can be more
important than their own birthday.
Mother's day is not about money, but children showing love and
appreciation to their mothers. As the father, remind the kids to
visit their mother. As the husband, you could let her sleep in, and
when she is ready to get up, you or you and the children could make
breakfast and serve it to her in bed or sit down as a family to
eat. Don't forget to clean up after breakfast. It won't be as
special for mom if she is left with cleaning up the mess.
Here are some ideas to pass on to your children:
- Planning a day for their mother and letting her know how much
they all appreciate her will most likely mean more than anything
they could buy.
- Mothers always like it when the children offer to do a chore
they don't normally do. Suggest they each give her a book of
coupons for chores they will do when she needs them done, but only
if they will actually do the chore when she asks without putting it
off or making an excuse when the time comes.
- Remind them to say "I love you" and give her a kiss. This is
also something you should do.
- This is another idea: I made an "I Love You" out of post-it
notes and wrote a little something or drew something on each little
post-it and then during the night I taped it to her door. Then in
the morning, I went outside and picked some little flowers off our
bush and put them in a glass bowl full of water and next to it put
a little card. Then I went downstairs and cleaned the kitchen. She
loved it, and it didn't cost anything.
- Encourage them to get some flowers, either by buying them or
picking them, and deliver them to mom personally. A nice bouquet
delivered personally shows mom you really care much more than one
that is delivered by the florist.
Here are some comments from moms:
- For a mom, there is nothing greater than to see that her
children can start taking care of themselves and her as well. It
shows that they learned well; that is what the whole upbringing was
- Last year my family packed a picnic and took me to the park.
They made me cards and didn't let me prepare my own sandwich or
anything. We walked the boardwalk and such. When we got home and
the kids were off to bed, my husband ran me a hot bath and rubbed
my feet. It was just a quiet day with the family, but it was really
great. I'll remember it forever.
- I never understood, as a kid, why my mom would get choked up
when I made her a homemade card. Now that I am a mom myself, I
finally get it. It sounds cliche, but it really is the thought that
counts. Just let her know you appreciate her.