Mother’s Day is Sunday (attention, dads!). The ONE day a year dedicated solely to us moms. But if that is the case, then why doesn’t it feel that way?
I don’t know about you but I honestly don’t feel like a day meant to celebrate me should entail things like taking cranky kids out to brunch or hosting people at my house for a family get together. The more experience I have as a mom, the more comfortable I get in the skin of it. Each year I find myself getting closer and closer to defining what my truly perfect Mother’s Day looks like. Most importantly, I become better at not being afraid to admit what I most desire on my special day.
Alone Time – I crave time by myself. It seems that some alarm goes off on children the second mom does something like step into the shower. They immediately come like little magnets to us. This year, I told my husband I want an entire afternoon without anyone. I don’t even care what I do as long as I have complete isolation in the comfort of my own house.
*Note, this alone time might be happening the weekend after moms day and I am not going to complain about that, as long as it happens.
Kid time/Family time– My kids get really excited for Mother’s Day. We will be doing the traditional church and Burger Master dinner (oh, maybe that part is not as traditional). But because I know I have alone time coming, I want to embrace the kid time and see what they have in store for me. My six-year-old son told me he has some special cuddles just for Mother’s Day. My daughter indicated she is getting me bread. Next year I’ll point them in the direction of my Amazon Wish List.
Friend Time – I have a group of best friends that honestly get me through certain days of motherhood. We have been through our entire journey of mom-hood together. Each year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, we get together for some girl time. It is a wonderful tradition where we can all celebrate and thank each other for being such awesome support.
Moms, don’t be afraid to request what you want on Mother’s Day. Don’t feel guilty for wanting YOU time. I get creative and get my alone time in the day before or weekend after Mothers Day. Set the expectations and get a plan to make it happen. Wear that macaroni necklace proud, host a big dinner, take a night away from the family for some reflection time…whatever it is, make sure it’s a way that YOU feel celebrated.
Congrats on a job well done.
How would you spend your ideal Mothers Day? We’d love to hear!