You know if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. So, let’s make Mama happy this Mother’s Day! During this acrobatic balancing act of working from home, caring for family, and educating kids, moms are bearing a disproportionate percentage of the burden. According to a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, they are the most worried about the impact of COVID-19 on the welfare of family members, finances, and employment. As natural planners and organizers, they also typically bear the brunt of responsibility for the parenting and household workload.
So, let’s lift the load and give Mom a memorable day this Sunday.
Divide and conquer household chores. Here’s an opportunity for kids to build confidence in their abilities and discover they are positive contributors to life at home.
Thank Mom for all she does. Ask kids to find ways to express gratitude to mom. Showing gratitude not only strengthens relationships, it leads to better cooperation, patience, and trust. They can
- Write a letter or draw a picture that shows Mom three things they’re grateful for.
- Take a walk together to be in each other’s presence and talk about why they’re grateful.
- End the day with a moment of gratitude in your nightly Check Out.
Take time to play. Play is beneficial to everyone and a vital part of healthy development. It fosters emotional control, social competency, personal resilience, and curiosity.
Get curious about something that interests Mom. Following Mom’s curiosity can lead to sharing a passion. It will open up a conversation about what we value, but most importantly, our kid gets to see us as learners, too.
Share a book together. Nurture a love of reading in just 20 minutes. It not only expands vocabulary and knowledge, but it reduces stress.
And speaking of stress, give Mom time to experience some eustress, the positive kind that boosts responses like increased motivation, focused energy, feelings of excitement, and improved performance. A few minutes with a favored hobby like knitting or drawing lowers levels of depression and negativity.
Research confirms that holidays are important, especially to children. Celebrating Mother’s Day, even in the midst of a pandemic, will build a strong bond in the family and be a meaningful marker for this moment in time. Holiday rituals bridge the ordinary with the extraordinary, give us a sense of purpose, and help us manage extreme emotions and stress.
Happy Mother’s Day!