It all started as a blog post dedicated to listing down the all-too-common gifts for mothers. You know the drill: flowers, chocolates, fancy items suggested by your targeted ads on Facebook. However, are those gifts really what mothers have in mind this year?
Parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been a walk in the park. Most mothers are constantly feeling overwhelmed. Keeping their families safe from the virus, working from home, welcoming new additions to the family, limiting social interactions and playing referee to children’s disagreements on top of household chores – it’s not surprising that mothers are experiencing burnout.
In 2021, Mother’s Day falls on May 9th. To make it a memorable celebration, try going for the things that truly matter to moms:
1. A clean house
No mother (especially not mine), will ever say “no” to a clean house. Wash the dishes, do the laundry, vacuum the floor, clean out the refrigerator (means eating all the leftovers), put the toys away, etc, etc, etc, as if your life depends on it.
2. Cross out things from her to-do list
Mother’s Day doesn’t only mean a trip to the spa or brunches planned at exclusive restaurants. Ask for her checklist and cross out things you can do while she naps or binge watch her favourite Korean dramas.
3. Show your appreciation
Express sincere, heartfelt gratitude. We tend to take our mothers for granted. Mothers, I’m sure, at times, recall the sacrifices they had to make for their families – but it really should be us who should not forget those sacrifices. A simple thank you on Mother’s Day moves mountains.
4. Make something especially for her
Whip up something special for her, cook her favourite dish, DIY a sweet Mother’s Day T-Shirt (“Mom, you’re always right!”), make her a music playlist, remind her of your favourite memory using shrinky dinks or make these cute mini polaroid magnets. Most mothers are sentimental and they value homemade gifts.
5. Sharing precious time together
All moms cherish bonding time with their children. If you can’t do it in person, do so via a phone call or video chat. Watch a movie or show together, whether you’re at home or in different locations (if you both own Netflix accounts, you can even do a Netflix Party!). What’s important is that you can still enjoy each other’s company.
We hope the ideas and suggestions above will, perhaps, at least for one day, ease the burden of mothers during this uncertain year. We at #CatchThatBus would like to wish all the amazing moms out there, a very happy Mother’s Day. We love you mom! ❤️