I know that the men in our lives would love to give us the Mother's Day that we each deserve, that would fill us with happiness, and that would allow them to go back to work on Monday high-fiving one another that they “delivered BIG” at home on Mother's Day. But many guys don't know how to pull all of this off- so here is a guide dedicated to them.
Please feel free to print a copy and leave it next to your husband's briefcase. Or post it on Facebook, tagging your husband's name along with “HEY HUBSTER- READ THIS!!!!”. He'll get the idea….
Breakfast in Bed on Mother's Day?
It depends. Will Mom see it as a decadent indulgence- or will all of the crumbs on the sheets make her nutty?
Not sure? Then go with coffee or tea in bed on a nice tray with a pretty flower and her favorite magazine. Let her know she can stay in bed for as long as she likes while you take care of making breakfast for the whole family.
And whether you whip up a batch of your “famous pancakes” or you run out to the bakery for some fancy flaky croissants- it's up to you. But you take care of it. Without asking dozens of questions (“Does Jack like raspberries in his pancakes or does he prefer them plain?”)
Figure it out. Just like we do all day. Every day.
And after breakfast, clean up the kitchen so Mom never has to see the mess!
Gifts on Mother's Day?
Yes, please. It doesn't need to be anything elaborate. My favorite Mother's Day gift ever was this handprint picture Steve did with the kids without me ever knowing he was working on it. A framed photo. A book she's been dying to read? All of these are great ideas….
Want to give something a little extra special? Jewelry is always appreciated. A new handbag is often welcome.
But seriously- this is not the time to give Mom a kitchen or household appliance. If she needs a new vacuum cleaner- give it to her next weekend “just because.” A vacuum is not a gift. It is a tool.
Also? Clothes are not a good idea. If you screw up her size- you risk insulting her; “What? He thinks I'm a (insert the wrong size here)?, and if you screw up the style- you risk insulting her; “He wants me to dress like a (tramp, old maid, 20-year old)?” Too much can go wrong here guys.
A gift card and an afternoon off to shop? Perfect! Let her make all of the decisions!
Dinner Out on Mother's Day?
Maybe not the best choice on Mother's Day. Unless you happen to know of a quiet little place that won't be an absolute zoo for dinner.
Because it's no fun getting all dressed up to go out, and then having to wait 30 minutes for a table while the kids are all starving and whiny, and then the kitchen is backed up by the huge crowd and takes 45 more minutes to deliver your dinner. It ends up feeling less like a treat- and more of an endurance test.
I say it's much better for you to throw some steaks on the grill, perhaps pick up a delicious dessert and open a bottle of her favorite wine. Allow her to hang out on the couch or chat with you outside while you are playing the role of grill-master, but most importantly- don't allow her to do a thing!
Trust me… she'll feel very pampered!
Okay ladies- did I leave anything out? What are you hoping to receive this Mother's Day?
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