This Mother’s Day, let’s take time to not only celebrate Mom—but all the positive role models in our life. Every day countless caregivers, who may not answer to “Mom,” step up to provide guidance and help kids to become healthy, happy individuals. No matter the title, this day is for her!
1. Give her the gift of quiet time. Caregivers are busy! Instead of waking her up early, allow her to sleep in. But for how long? As long as she’d like! (Hint: A simple breakfast in bed will surely bring a smile to her face too.)
2. Make an appreciation jar. Write down things you love and appreciate about your role model on separate, small pieces of paper. These can be helpful or thoughtful things she does, some of your favorite memories of her, anything! Fold each paper up and place it in the jar! She will love unfolding and discovering your sweet messages for days to come.
3. Take her on a picnic. Plan a picnic in your yard or a local park. Pack some of her favorite snacks and enjoy time together outside!
4. Take a picture together. The role models in our life are usually the ones behind the camera, capturing all of the special moments. Flip the camera and take time to capture images of the both of you together.
5. Make a scrapbook. You just took some photos, didn’t you? Whether you’re using new pictures or old ones from photo albums, transform them into something beautiful and memorable to make her smile.
6. Express thankfulness. This may seem small or insignificant, but trust us, she’ll appreciate it! Do more than just say “Thank you.” Be specific when expressing your gratitude.
7. Take her on a scavenger hunt for love notes. Grab the sticky notes and write things you love or appreciate about your caregiver, then hide them around the house for a fun hunt.
8. Create a homemade card or letter. Design a card or write a letter, expressing how important she is to you. This is something she can hold on to and re-read for years. Looking for an idea? Think of descriptive words that start with each of the letters in her name. For example: if her name is Paula, you might use “patient” for P. Spell out her name vertically, using all of her best qualities. (You can always add it to your scrapbook, too!)
9. Clean the house. Without being asked, chip in on chores! She will appreciate your willingness to help and nobody ever complains about a shorter to-do list.
10. Make her a playlist! Whether it’s a compilation of her favorite songs or songs you both love, she’ll know just how much you love and appreciate her when she hears that one song playing. For some extra fun, make it a collaborative playlist and see what she adds to it!
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