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 them!

1. Give them the gift of quiet time. Caregivers are busy! Instead of starting the day early, let them sleep in. But for how long? As long as they’d like! (Bonus points for breakfast in bed!)
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 they do, some of your favorite memories of them, reasons you admire them, or anything else! Fold each paper up and place it in the jar! They will love unfolding and discovering your sweet messages for days to come.
3. Take them on a picnic. Plan a picnic in your yard or at a local park. Pack some of their favorite snacks and enjoy time together outside!
4. Take a picture together. The role models in our lives are usually the ones behind the camera, capturing all the special moments. Flip the camera and capture images of the both of you together. You can even go an extra step and frame the photo to make the memory last longer!
5. Make a scrapbook. You just took some photos, didn’t you? If you don’t want to frame them but still want to get creative, put them in a scrapbook! You can transform new and old photos and keepsake items into a memorable album that will make them smile. This can even be an ongoing project for you and your role model to continue together! 
6. Take them 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.
7. Create a homemade card or letter. Design a card or write a letter to express how important they are to you. This is something they can hold on to and re-read for years. Looking for a unique idea? Think of descriptive words that start with each of the letters in their name. For example: if their name is Peter, you might use “patient” for P. Spell out their name vertically, using all their best qualities. (You can always add it to your scrapbook, too!)
8. Express thankfulness. This may seem small or insignificant, but trust us, they’ll appreciate it! Do more than just say “Thank you.” Be specific when expressing your gratitude. You can always incorporate gratitude into your appreciation jar, homemade card, or scrapbook.
9. Lend a helping hand. Without being asked, chip in on chores like cleaning the house, yard work, or cooking! They’ll appreciate your willingness to help, and nobody ever complains about a shorter to-do list.
10. Make them a playlist! Whether it’s a compilation of their favorite songs or songs you both love, they’ll know just how much you love and appreciate them when they listen to the playlist. For some extra fun, make it a collaborative playlist and see what they add to it!

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