Getting Organized For Mother’s Day ~ Starting a few weeks prior up till the day of, tips and ideas for how to get organized for Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is the only celebration that I can think of where even though we are being celebrated, we also have to organize ourselves to celebrate the various important people in our lives such as our own mothers, mother-n-laws and grandmothers.
Things get a bit more complicated where relationships have changed and there are blended families in which there are stepmothers and step-grandmothers to also consider. Elementary teachers are also very busy this week planning and preparing activities for their students to make Mother’s Day gifts and cards.
Mother’s Day is big business. I get a little uncomfortable with the marketing and advertising and the expectations that come with this for Dads and children to have to buy just the right gift for Mom. I have come to learn that it isn’t about the bling gifts, the pricey perfumes or the expensive devices and toys. I have also learned that to expect to have Mother’s Day an entire day off for mothers is completely unrealistic because the role of mother never stops. Inevitably, it is on this day that your child will run a fever and require tender love and care, a knee will be scraped and need a cleaning, a bandage and a kiss on the cheek, a sibling conflict will need to be resolved and school lunches will have to be made in the evening in preparation for school the next day.
Over the years I have learned what Mother’s Day is about and what it means to me (despite what the marketers and advertisers want us to believe). It is about keeping it simple with minimal expectations. It is about being together and giving the gift of time. It is about cherishing the simple gestures of appreciation from the family whether it is breakfast in bed, the card that arrives in the mail with the heartfelt message of love, a walk through the park or a big family picnic or barbecue where everyone gets together to celebrate all of the daughters and mothers in the family. It is about following past traditions and creating new traditions. It is about creating memories for yourself and your children through these traditions.
Most significantly, I have come to realize it is about the reflections of the past in our roles as mothers and daughters. Taking the time to remember when you first found out you were becoming a mother, to giving birth, to sending your child off to their first day of kindergarten to the first time you saw your daughter drive away in the family car after successfully getting her driver’s license. Lastly, it is also time to reflect on your role as a daughter and the ups and downs with our own mothers as we were growing up.
Realizing that everyone is in different stages and has very diverse circumstances my organizing guidelines are very simple and very general. Hope it helps. Here is my way for…
Getting Organized For Mother’s Day
- Record when Mother’s Day is in your area in your planner or digital calendar (I have an iPhone that I use to keep me organized). I know different countries celebrate this day on different days around the world and you don’t want to miss the date or be too late to follow through on proper planning and preparation.
- Identify your different roles and the different individuals who you want to recognize on this day.
- Within each role create a ‘to-do’ list with specific timelines for completing.
Here is my ‘to do’ list for my role as a daughter and daughter-n-law.
One week before:
- Purchase and mail Mother’s Day card for my mother-n-law.
Two days before:
- Call nursery in the city where my mother-n-law lives on Friday and arrange to have a hanging basket delivered on Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day. This has become the ‘go-to’ gift because an eighty plus year old lady does not need more things and this gift is what I call a perpetual gift because it will last the whole summer season outside on the patio.
- Take time to reflect on my mother who passed away five years ago and my Grandmothers who passed away many years ago. Plan to go through the family photos.
- Plan to Skype with my mother-n-law to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day and have her show me what the hanging basket looks like by taking the laptop outside for a moment.
Here is my ‘to-do’ list as a mother:
- Take time to reflect on the special events and simple moments in my daughters’ lives as they were growing up. Neither girl will be home because they are off pursuing their own educational studies abroad and across the country.
- Plan to visit by phone and Skype sometime during the day.
- Go through the memory box of past Mother’s Day gifts and cards made by the girls.
- Have a nice dinner with a glass of wine at home with my husband after a long walk through the park.
Here is my ‘to-do’ list as an elementary school teacher.
Three weeks before:
- Look on Pinterest for ideas and inspirations.
- Gather and purchase materials needed to make the candleholder votive.
One week before:
- Make craft and card with students because it is not a good idea to wait to the week just before Mother’s Day because inevitably somebody will be absent and need to get caught up.
Three days before:
- Send home completed cards and gifts with students because inevitably one student will have forgotten their gift and card on the day it was sent home and now can still give it on time by taking it home the following day.
Your Turn: What are your favourite ways for getting organized for Mother’s Day?
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What are your various roles in regards to Mother’s Day?
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What are your Mother’s Day traditions?
What will you be reflecting about this Mother’s Day?
Are you getting organized for Mother’s Day?
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