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Ideas for helping kids celebrate MOM on Mother’s Day without going out to buy gifts!

Mother’s Day has always been a special day around our place. It is one of the good opportunities of the year to teach children to respect their mom and to thank her in some small way for all she does. And, despite our wishes, the kids generally will not do it on their own. At least they won’t until you have worked with them during their growing up years to consistently use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate their mom.

But it can be tough knowing just what to do to celebrate Mom’s contributions to our family’s life. I know giving her a power tool would not be the right way for my wife! So, we need to take a little time to think about and prepare just the right recognition for a mom for Mother’s Day. So, here are some ideas that will help Mom feel special, loved and recognized on Mother’s Day.

Prepare for Pampering

Mother’s Day is a good day to spoil Mom just a little. Ideas like breakfast in bed, some time alone to do what she loves, and a special dinner with her favorite foods (cooked by the kids with some fatherly supervision) can make the day seem a little more special for Mom.

Write Her a Letter

Just a letter of appreciation, written by each child in his or her own style, can make any Mom stop for a minute and feel the appreciation she needs to feel more often. These will be treasured keepsakes as well.

Give Her Flowers

Flowers are a very traditional way to celebrate Mother’s Day but they are almost always appreciated. Make sure that you plan a few days in advance and order a bouquet or an arrangement with some of her favorite flowers.

Make a Craft Project

Mothers love things that their children make for them with their own two little hands – helped along the way by Father’s hands! Like cards or homemade bracelets, etc.

Prepare a Happy Memories Box

You can make the box from what you have at home like Cartoon boxes and empty boxes and reshape it by covering it, let the kids write some of their favorite memories with their Mom on index cards or shaped heart papers made by them at home and put them in the box. You can even print up some pictures of these memories if you have them. It is a lot easier than making a scrapbook, and she can pull the box out occasionally and remember the fun times with the family.

Make a Donation on Her Behalf

Does Mom have a cause that she feels strongly about? There are lots of worthy organizations that need financial donations and helping the kids learn about them and gather their spare change to helps them learn about being charitable. Then prepare a card that lets Mom know what you gave and to which organization.

Make Mom a Video

This one takes a little extra planning, but it would be an amazing way to make her feel special. Have each child talk on camera about Mom – what she loves about her and what fun memories she has of Mom. Then compile the video clips, add some pictures and music, and get it ready for the big day. Then play the video after Mother’s Day dinner and watch her beam!

Whatever you do, helping the kids make Mother’s Day special for their mom is a small investment but it pays big dividends in terms of how their Mom feels and how they learn to show respect and appreciation.

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