Most holidays center around a lot of sitting and a lot of eating, but not Mother’s Day. There’s really no rhyme or reason or rules for how to celebrate mom. The focal point of this holiday is quality time with family, especially mom.
Don’t buy in to what the commercials are selling – she probably doesn’t need, nor want, half of what they’re advertising. Speaking as a mom, I want undivided time with my family. I’d like a yummy breakfast that I didn’t have to make. And I’d like a break from the mom stuff for at least a few hours.
So give mom what she wants – time with you. And you can make it beneficial to you both (or the whole family) by keeping it active.
Game. Set. Mom.
“To do something for love is to do something for nothing,” is one explanation for the zero score in tennis, but it also perfectly summarizes a mother’s work. Invite mom out for a game of tennis. Go singles or make it doubles with siblings and spouses. You can keep score, or play for love. Either way, you’re all sure to laugh and sweat. Refuel with a picnic in the park or a favorite brunch spot afterward.
Give her the peace and quiet she’s craving with all the benefits of a good, healthy stretch with a trip to a yoga session. She’ll feel revived, refreshed and ready to enjoy any other activities you have lined up for the day. Better yet, join her and you can connect over down dogs and sun salutations.
Whether you live near a great trail or require a short drive to get there, invite mom out for an afternoon hike. This activity should also involve a picnic, and plenty of water. You’ll have a lot of fun in the great outdoors, soaking up the sunshine, telling stories and making new ones.
Meet mom on the green for nine or 18 holes of golf. Sure, it’s supposed to be relatively quiet, but there will be plenty of time to chat and catch up between holes. Win or lose, drinks are on you when you get back to the clubhouse! And for bonus calorie burning, skip the cart.
Tag, Mom’s It!
A little child’s play is good calorie-burning fun for the entire family, especially if there are younger children at home. Spend the day at home or at the park playing your favorite backyard games. Frisbee, badminton, croquet, horseshoes, tag and even hopscotch will help pass the time in a fun, silly, and leisurely way that she may not get to do often enough.