In the UK Mother's Day is celebrated in March, which means this British mom living in North America gets to celebrate Mother's Day twice. Yes. Personally, traditional gifts like flowers, chocolate, and breakfast in bed really appeal to me. However, I know a lot of moms are over them, so I asked moms to share the one thing they really want for Mother's Day. You know, to give a helping hand to all you last-minute shoppers out there.
Turns out, what most mothers want on their "special day" is what most partners (or kids, if they're old enough) can't necessarily buy a day or two before Mother's Day. In other words, you have to plan if you want to honor the special mom in your life. As a lucky mom who gets to enjoy two Mother's Days every year, I don't believe in being subtle when it comes to leaving hints as to what you want, either. I say let your partner know exactly what you would like to enjoy, so you can avoid disappointment and get the rest and relaxation you deserve.
This Mother's Day, make sure to check in with yourself and see what you really need. In fact, don't be afraid to go above and beyond your role as a mother, and think about what you want as an individual human being with thoughts, feelings, and needs outside of parenthood. You might just find that, instead of a bunch of daffodils or a "#1 Mom" card, what you really want is what these other moms said they needed: