This year we will have to apply the same level of thought and creativity to our Mother's Day plans.
It's hard to believe that Mother's Day is this Sunday. So many of us had plans to celebrate the day with our children and partners. Others looked forward to seeing their own mother to mark the special day. Due to social distancing recommendations that will no longer be possible for a huge number of people. We know it's the right the thing to do but it's also perfectly OK to resent it. It's all relative and Mothers Day is an important occasion for a lot of us.
As a nation we have had to put our creativity hats on this week. Covid-19 has forced us to consider whole new ways of living. We have had to re-shape how we manage our household as well as how we eat, shop and educate our children. Many of us are working from home and trying to strike some sort of balance through it all. This year we will have to apply the same level of thought and creativity to our Mother's Day plans.
While seeing each other in person or celebrating at a restaurant may not be an option, there are other ways to mark the occasion in a really special way.
Here are some alternative ways to celebrate Mothers Day during this time of social distancing
Set Up A Video Call Date
It won't be the same as seeing your lovely mum in person but there will be a certain element of excitement, particularly for the kids. Decide on a time that suits everyone and have a cup of tea and a natter with your mum via video call. Don't forget to cheers!
Mother's Day Art Exhibition
This week has probably involved a lot of arts and crafts. Why not suggest that on Sunday you will hold your very own Mother's Day art exhibition. Give the children the task of displaying their art work in one particular room at a certain time on Mothers Day. You'll need a glass of bubbly to enjoy as you walk around the exhibition and enjoy listening to the artists introduce their creations to you.
A No-Chores Hall Pass
It may be unlikely that a card or flowers will find their way to you, but as it turns out the best gift on earth is FREE. For Mother's Day your request is to do no chores at all. Spend the day lounging around and enjoying the kids without the burden of dishes, laundry and cooking. The others can look after it for one day (put the order in nice and early so they can make a plan).
Turn Your Home In To A Spa
Request a block of 1-2 hours upstairs (or in one part of the house if you don't have an upstairs) alone. Run a bath, read a book, pop on some fresh PJS and relax in your bedroom with your favourite TV show, a big mug of tea and your favourite bar of chocolate. The rules are that nobody can access you during that time because.... you're at the Spa.
Create a love-note jar and ask the kids (and your significant other) to write you a little note or letter to open up on Mother's Day. Take some time to yourself to read the notes and really soak up the fact that presents and days out mean very little in comparison to the love you feel from your nearest and dearest.
While you're at it, make one for granny too and pop it in the post. It'll be a lovely surprise for her next week.
We loved this post by Kellie Kearney during the week. While adhering to social distancing guidelines her children "visited" their nanna and performed a little show for her through the window. This could also be a lovely idea for grandparents to physically see the grandkids without being near them. Naturally this may upset some children, but you'll know your kids best.
Happy Mothers Day!