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Advice for Celebrating the Most Important Day of the Year

Mark Your Calendars Now

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 14, for those of you who haven’t checked your calendar). Here’s a bit of advice as you think about celebrating Mother’s Day: do more.  

If you can’t decide between taking her to brunch or giving her a day at the spa, choose both. If you wanted to take the kids out to let her enjoy some peace and quiet, be sure to give her a great book or movie and her favorite beverage to help her unwind.

If you can’t decide between taking her to brunch or giving her a day at the spa, choose both. If you wanted to take the kids out to let her enjoy some peace and quiet, be sure to give her a great book or movie and her favorite beverage to help her unwind.

Why Mother's Day Is Important

Perhaps Mother’s Day should be the most important holiday of the year. When you think of all of the great moms you know, it’s hard - because you know so many of them (especially the mom who runs your household!). The majority of moms are pretty awesome. One day a year to celebrate everything that a mother does seem inadequate, and that’s why we should consider carefully how we celebrate it.

When a woman becomes a mother, it officially becomes the most important job she will ever have. Moms are often the CEO of the family, making important decisions and taking care of things that would go unnoticed by others, but are necessary to keep sanity for everyone. Moms do all of the things that great dads do, (plus more). Yet, many dads get rounds of applause for the things that moms take care of without any recognition. It’s just what moms do.

Moms worry a lot. Even before her child is born, she frets about whether everything she does will negatively impact the development of her child. She worries if she’ll know how to raise her child. Then, when the baby arrives, the worrying increases tenfold, with anxiety about the child’s weight, height, eating habits, pooping habits, sleep schedules, motor skills, and more. As children grow, a mom worries about her child getting sick (and then the entire household getting sick), about whether her child is getting too much or too little attention, if the child is meeting all their milestones, if the child is learning to be a kind human being, and ultimately if the child is happy.

Sure, dads worry, too. But I would argue, the worries that plague fathers don’t weigh on them all day, every day.

So, let’s go back to that first question: should Mother’s Day be the most important holiday?

After carrying a child for nine months and giving birth (sometimes without pain management), then going on to continually worry about the child while taking care of so many details of daily life… it’s the least we can to dedicate a day entirely to her.

This brings be back to my advice: do more. Don’t just wake up on Mother’s Day and scramble to find a restaurant with an open table. Don’t buy flowers and chocolates from the gas station because you forgot to plan. Make her day special.

If you’ve enjoyed a Father’s Day that was dedicated to you, just consider the amount of effort she made to ensure you would enjoy your day. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make her feel special. You just need to be thoughtful.

Think of how being a dad has changed you. Now look at this most special woman and think of how motherhood has completely changed her. It’s transformed who she is in the world, who she is as a person, and how she sees everything. Being a mother is the most important job she’ll have and she takes it seriously. It’s okay to admit that Mother’s Day should be more important than it is, and it isn’t crazy to think that on this one day of the year, we can exert extra effort for the women who sacrifice so much for their families. After all, Christmas is all about the kids, as is pretty much every other major holiday. You know how hard she works to make each of these holidays special, so on Mother’s Day… do more.


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