Wish #1: Quiet Time
Finding time for everything is never easy. Squeezing in quiet time when everyone is cooped up in the same house for weeks on end can feel impossible!
Where is the quiet space? And when is it quiet? Sometimes, it can feel like nowhere and never.
This Mother’s Day, request a little quiet time – that doesn’t have to be scheduled in, in the wee hours of the morning before the kids fill the house with their joyful noise.
Ask your partner to carve out time and space for you to simply unwind, breathe, and enjoy quiet. It doesn’t have to be all day – just 30 minutes or so – for you to be quiet in your safe space doing something that nourishes your soul.
Wish #2: Quality Time
What better way to follow up quiet time than with quality time? Yes, we’ve all been spending loads of time with our families, but forced shelter-in-place time is not always quality time.
While you enjoy your quiet time, challenge your kids and husband to plan something fun for the family to do that day. Again, your time together doesn’t have to be complicated or even overly organized.
Consider what you all can do that will be relaxing, full of laughter and smiles, and that doesn’t need planning – by you especially! Here are some ideas:
- Eat lunch outside
- Go for a family walk or bike ride
- Watch a family movie
- Bake together
- Create a family art competition
- Just be – and see what evolves
Wish #3: A Day with No Requests
As a mom, it’s easy to get caught in the feeling that everyone is always asking something of you. And if that’s not the case, to feel like you’re always asking your kids or your husband to do something.
Imagine a day, Mother’s Day 2020, perhaps, where the hope was to go throughout the day with no requests. No requests from you. No requests by you. No requests of you.
And what if this hope extended to everyone in the family? No requests or expectations. Of anyone. From anyone.
Mother’s Day 2020 is a perfect day to experiment. Just see what happens when everyone gets to simply be together, without expectation, requests, or demands.
Wish #4: Extra snuggles
From everyone! What better way to feel loved and show your love than a little bit of extra snuggle time?
This Mother’s Day, let yourself rest. Spend some of your quiet time snuggling with your kids. Give yourself permission to stop doing all the time and just be, holding everyone tight, snuggling in and breathing in the peace and quiet.
Include your husband, too. After all, you likely wouldn’t be a mom without him, right? Spend an extra 15 minutes in bed in the morning just resting with him. Soaking up the quiet of the morning, being together.
Let yourself wrap up your day without rehashing the events of the day, the list for the next day, or whatever else dictates your evenings. Snuggle in with him, rest together, be together.
You’ll likely feel more connected, more refreshed, and more in touch with your love for one another.
Wish #5: Coupons and Celebrations
Here’s a secret, mama – Mother’s Day 2020 doesn’t have to last just one day!
If your kids love to create, do, and, especially, give gifts, this is the perfect gift to put on your wish list – a collection of redeemable ‘coupons’ and celebrations of you.
This was one of my favorite gifts to create when I was a kid. A coupon book for my mom or dad full of chores, tasks, or events they could redeem at any time. Not only did I feel helpful, I got to spend time creating something meaningful. It’s a great way to get your kids thinking, creating, and having fun!
For Mother’s Day 2020, I challenge your kids and partner to take it one step further and include celebrations of you – qualities, memories, and things about you they love.
If your husband needs help with coupon and celebration ideas, here a few starter ideas:
- Dinner cooked by him and/or the kids
- Dishes done
- Grocery shopping
- Zoom wine night with the ladies
- Stay-in date day/night
- Let mama sleep in
- He covers bath time/bedtime with the kids
- ___ Items off the “Honey-do” list
When you’re feeling overwhelmed or just want something taken off your plate, redeem a coupon or draw a celebration. Mother’s Day 2020 could last until Mother’s Day 2021 if you draw your coupons right!
Mother’s Day 2020 is going to look very different from previous years. Traditions of brunch out, family gatherings, or family outings may not be feasible right now. And even though some places are reopening, the kids and your partner may not be able to get away for their typical shopping trip.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your journey as a mother!
Consider filling your wish list with some of the gift ideas I’ve shared for a refreshing day – and possibly new traditions for years to come.