Fun Mother’s Day Ideas You Have To Try
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and you may be wondering how the day is going to play out. Will the kids bring you a special gift or tell you nice things? Will they surprise you with breakfast in bed?
Last year I thought about those same things as well, but this year I have a different perspective and focus. This year I’m focusing on why I really love being a mom and reconnecting with my child. I want to do something really, really special with my child to help me remember why I love being a mom so much. The truth is, no matter what happens, you have the power to make your own Mother’s Day extra special.
So if you are looking for some fun Mother’s Day ideas to try, here are some great tips to steer you in the right direction:
Make a favorite recipe.
Maybe your kids can cook. Maybe they can’t. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Gather in the kitchen and re-create your favorite recipe from a restaurant that you frequent. Take your time, make a mess, and connect with each other. Sit down to really enjoy your delicious meal together and share why you love the recipe, as well as your favorite part about making it as a team.
Hit the trails.
Nothing is more fun that getting to run around outside with the kids. The best part is that all ages can do this activity. Plan a fun, low-key hike and treat yourself to a picnic at the end. While you’re eating, share one thing that you all truly appreciate about each other.
Create a craft.
Even the un-craftiest mom can do a mother’s day craft with kids. My favorite one to do each year is side-by-side handprints of mom and kids. Using non-toxic paint, lightly cover the palms of each mom and kid hand with paint and press it on construction paper or poster board. Sign it with Mother’s Day 2015. Then each year thereafter do the same handprint craft. It’s a special tradition to help watch your kids’ hands grow alongside your own.
Splurge a day trip.
Take a short road trip to a theme park, museum or zoo. Indulge in rides and funnel cakes, simply enjoying the day together. On the ride home, everyone can share their favorite part about spending time with mom.
The family bonding that occurs during game night is amazing. No electronics or distractions. Just good old traditional family fun. You could try something like ‘mom picks the game’ or ‘mom gets to go first for her special day.’
Pick a few of your favorite all-time movies to watch with your kids. Make homemade popcorn and grab a drink for the movie. Snuggle up on the couch together and enjoy being close to your kids. After movies is a great time to discuss favorite parts, and of course, the moral of the storyline.
This may not be the first thing that comes to mom’s mind, but one of the best ways of all time to reconnect with kids is through roughhousing. All children—boys and girls alike—crave a physical connection with parents each day to help them release fears and anxiety, feel loved and connected, and most importantly, bonded to their parents. So if your ultimate goal is to reconnect with your kids this year, roughhousing may be your answer!
While it’s easy to desire all the traditional things that come with Mother’s Day, you may want to give these fun ideas a try first! Reconnecting with your kids is such a special way to feel happy and loved as a mom. Who knows? This year you may just have your most rewarding Mother’s Day yet!
Lauren Tamm is a mother, military spouse, freelance writer and coffee lover. When she isn’t busy chasing a toddler around the house, she loves to blog about practical parenting, enjoying motherhood and navigating military life.