6 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day as a Childless Adult

Motherís Day can be a challenge for some, including those who have lost their mothers (either through death or estrangement) and those who are without children. While there are plenty of people who are deliberately choosing to not have kids, others are not childless by choice.

All these unique layers of humanity and relationships can make for a complicated holiday. Here are a few unconventional ideas for celebrating the upcoming day:

1. Shout out & celebrate all the mothers in your life

If you arenít a mother yourself, yet still feel a deep respect and desire to show appreciation for those who areómake a fuss for them! Plan an afternoon to relieve your friend of her newborn duties so she can relax, surprise your own mom with her favorite dinner and dessert, or send a heartfelt letter to a motherly figure in your life who deserves to know how amazing she is.

2. Show some appreciation for all the finned, feathered and fur baby parents

Mothers of other species deserve some love, too. Spend the day on your pupís favorite hiking trail or donate to your local animal shelter or farmed animal sanctuary so those who make a career out of helping animals can keep up the great work.

3. Take a moment to honor Mother Earth

The most epic mother of them all! She most certainly deserves some TLC on this day, and every day. Taking a moment to evaluate whether your everyday habits could be more eco-friendly is one way to show lasting appreciation. You could also arrange to volunteer or otherwise participate in events that help teach younger generations about the importance of conservationóthe gift that keeps on giving.

4. Spend the day with friends, instead

Each of these family-based holidays, at the very root of it all, is about relationships. Some people choose not to sustain relationships with family members, for a variety of reasons, and thatís okay. The family we nurture is the family that countsóand that could include close friends.

5. Donate to an organization that fights for reproductive rights

We canít think about the concept of motherhood without considering all of the respect it deserves on a variety of levels: emotional, physical, medical, societal and more. Parents should have access to quality reproductive healthcare, understanding physicians and advocates who will fight for them, and the dignity they deserve. Consider donating to a local or national organization whose mission is to ensure these rights donít disappear.

6. Donít celebrate at all

Motherís Day is optional. If it doesnít serve you to celebrate or even acknowledge itóthat is totally okay. Make sure your wellbeing is taken care of on this day, if you know it will be a challenge.

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36 comments

Cindy S
Cindy S14 days ago

cats are my babies

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Naomi D
Naomi Dabout a month ago

I think Mother's Day should be EVERY day not just a date for buying stuff.

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Naomi D
Naomi Dabout a month ago

My mother has passed on.

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Lesa D
Lesa Dabout a month ago

my cat Furio got me the sweetest card!!!

p/s via my Mom!!!

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Lesa D
Lesa Dabout a month ago

thank you Katie...

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Sonia M

Good article with nice ideas.Thanks for sharing

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Winn A
Winnie Aabout a month ago

My fur babies decided I needed some designer chocolate truffles this year. Yummmm

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Winn A
Winnie Aabout a month ago

:-)

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Val M
Val Mabout a month ago

My friends and I celebrated by catching a stray mama cat and her 6 kittens! If you know a responsible person in No. Calif who can take them, let me know!

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Danuta W
Danuta Wabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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