Most moms simply wish to connect with their children and spend time with family in any way possible, if not in person, then with a phone call or video chat! If your mom is at home, give her a day off from any family chores, especially during this difficult time. Someone else can take full responsibility for making or serving the food, clearing and cleaning the dishes, and doing the laundry. Volunteer!
This probably covers the big stuff, but here are 9 creative ways to reach out to mom to show her a little extra comfort, love, and recognition. After all, moms are always there for us!
Decorate your mom’s door or give flowers!
If you’re local, you can have fun decorating your mom’s front door with streamers, special signs, a wreath, and flowers! If you have kids, get them involved! Mom or grandma will love the surprise.
Cook for Mom or set up a virtual brunch date.
If your mother is living with you, breakfast in bed is always a classic and appreciated. Something simple is fine for this, such as toast or a croissant with jam or fruit and a cup of coffee or tea.
If you’re not with mom in person, how about a virtual brunch date? You can drop off the ingredients at her door if she’s local, or send the recipe in advance to everyone! Then Zoom with the entire family and raise a glass to mom!
Give your mom a long phone call or put on a virtual talent show!
Talk to her (or videochat) and make her laugh. Put on a talent show! It can be simple. Sing a song, show off some gymnastics, play an instrument.
Watch a movie or show together, side by side.
If you’re all at home in one place, have a movie that night, complete with theater treats. If you’re in separate locations, watch the same movie on your computers at the same time. Or, start a marathon of your favorite TV series while indulging in a glass of wine or cup of tea.
Did you know? Netflix also has a way to watch together online. If you and your mom have a Netflix account and Chrome installed on her laptop or desktop, you can watch a movie together! There is even a group chat function for commenting live during the movie from wherever you are in the world.
Get creative: Make Mom a video, a music playlist, or a piece of art!
Record a video from all of the children. They can each say “Happy Mother’s Day” and why they appreciate her. You can always use iMovie to splice videos together on your phone. Or, make a tape or a music playlist. You could gather calming songs for bedtime, such as the sound of the seas. Or, you could gather her very favorite songs from the era that she loves most.
How about a special work of art for Mom? For example, paint the outside of a terra-cotta flower pot and fill it with garden seeds and a card. Or, make a beautiful photo frame with your family photo inside. You can find many ideas on Pinterest and elsewhere on the Web.
Get outside! Go for a stroll in the park or how about packing mom a picnic?
Fresh air always lifts the spirit. There’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy nature! Spring is a wonderful time to visit a park.
How about packing a simple picnic? If mom’s living nearby, drop off a picnic basket on her porch! If you’re living together, pack a cooler for a beautiful drive through the countryside.
Make a homemade gift!
You don’t need to go out to a store and buy a gift. Mothers love gifts from the heart. If you wish to buy a gift online, how about jewelry with her child’s birthstone? For example, if your birthday is in August, give your mother peridot stud earrings. She’ll always think of her dear child when she wears them. Many small online businesses offer free shipping.
Travel virtually to a museum or garden together!
Even if you’re not together, the wonders of technology make so much possible today! More and more museums are opening up their “walls” to offer virtual tours during this time.
Make your own card.
Don’t forget to send a card in advance! In our home, it’s a tradition to make a homemade card every year. Moms love homemade!
Credit to Almanac website.