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.
Seriously, get up and get in that kitchen and make a meal for her and for yourselves. Trust me, she love you for it.
For clarity, this doesn’t mean nothing gets cleaned; it just means that Mom doesn’t have to do it.
All whining and crying must be redirected to the next senior family member for a full 24 hours—no backsies.
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.