Mothers and fathers both have their own important roles in a child’s life and development. As both parents have such different qualities and characteristics, it is the mix of the two that completes parenthood. But for this week’s blog, with Mother’s Day approaching, we would like to honor all the moms and recognize the important role they play in their families lives.
The bonds that children form with a mother can begin before they are even born. Mothers can learn about their child and what their personalities may be like starting at pregnancy. These connections can form strong bonds that throughout your child’s life. A mother’s influence can impact a child’s social experiences, academic success, and future achievements. Studies show that if a child’s mother is affectionate, supportive, and involved, she can contribute greatly to a child’s cognitive, language, and social development, as well as influencing the development of a strong inner core, positive self-esteem, and authenticity. Mothers are just as essential to healthy child development as fathers. Just like fathers, mothers communicate, play, and discipline their children while also instilling confidence and self-esteem as their children prepare for adult life.
Although we should appreciate the mothers in our lives every day, celebrating Mother’s Day is a great way to go above and beyond to recognize moms for being present and for taking an active role in their child’s development.
Here are a few Mother’s Day traditions you can start this year:
Enjoy a meal together: Check to see if her favorite restaurant hosts a special Mother’s Day brunch and make reservations for the family! If you know she would prefer to stay in and enjoy time together, bring brunch or dinner to mom. Invite the family over to celebrate all the moms together or keep it more intimate with just your immediate family. Sometimes a homemade meal that was created with love is better than any dish you may have at a restaurant – especially when it gets the whole family involved. Give your children age appropriate tasks, and create a special meal for mom together.
Go on an adventure– Each year, plan a fun trip that will be fun for everyone, but that is more geared toward mom, her passions and things she loves to do and maybe can’t do as often as she’d like. Go on a hike as a family, visit a museum, or catch a sporting event. Think about what hobbies she enjoys outside of her every day responsibilities and enjoy the activity as a family.
Create homemade gifts – We love the idea of creating special homemade gifts for mom. Not only are there endless ideas you can come up with, most of the time the creation your child comes up with is adorable or hilarious and make a great keepsake to look back on years later. One gift idea that can be very special for moms would be to create a mailbox to put somewhere in the house and have your children make cards, poems or books that illustrate what their favorite things about mom or what their favorite things to do with mom. These would be great to keep in a scrapbook and look back.
“Me Time” – Parents love spending time with their families but every now and then it’s nice to enjoy some alone time. Celebrate Mother’s Day together as a family with a fun activity but maybe think about giving the gift of “me time” to mom as well! Think of an activity that she would enjoy doing alone or with friends or family she isn’t able to see often and send her off for the day or weekend to enjoy. This could be something as simple as enjoying a quiet afternoon to read that book that’s been sitting on her nightstand untouched or an all-out spa day!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mothers out there! We hope you have a special day!