Underneath all the layers of unadulterated capitalism that you’ve come to expect around a big holiday like Mother’s Day often lies a really simple want. I bet you if you ask most mother’s what they would like this coming Sunday at least three of my five from below would be included. This year, why not take a nod from the folks who know best and skip the guess work? Print this, hang on your fridge and thank me later.
You have no idea what a commodity this is until you no longer get it. No matter how many mothers I survey, the answer is always the same. Whenever the kids get up in the middle of night or the first thing in the morning, Mom is the first person they tiptoe over to to nudge. An extra hour or two of not having to move might just put the Olivia/Beyonce/Cookie back in her day.
A Pass on Cooking
Seriously, get up and get in that kitchen and make a meal for her and for yourselves. Trust me, she love you for it.
Photo by Burke/Triolo Productions
A 'Get-Out-of-Cleaning' Card
For clarity, this doesn’t mean nothing gets cleaned; it just means that Mom doesn’t have to do it.
Photo by Apple Tree House
No Whining or Crying
All whining and crying must be redirected to the next senior family member for a full 24 hours—no backsies.
Photo by JGI/Jamie Grill
A Homemade Gift
Hand-delivered, homemade or easy items like cards or flowers pull at our heartstrings. Whip out the construction paper, glue, scissors and any other accoutrement and get busy.