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December 10, 2022

Mother’s Day: What Mom REALLY Wants

From one mother to another, it doesn’t take much to make us feel like a million bucks; here are ways to celebrate Moms how we really want to be celebrated. 

If I have learned anything from the pandemic, it is that time with family is valuable, and so are moms. 

Sure, gifting is always sweet. But also keep in mind that what Mom really wants for Mother’s Day could be simple and priceless. Here are some special ways to spend time with Mom (or let her kick up her feet solo!)

Cook Together

“I’m not cooking!” is something you should expect to hear her say. Most mothers want the day off from cooking; but, cooking a family recipe together could be the start of a new tradition filled with memories. If cooking together is not an option, treat Mom to her favorite restaurant. There are tons of new restaurants in the Greater Cincinnati area with Mother’s Day specials, ready to take your reservations. 

Take a Walk

If the weather is nice, find a local trail or stay in the neighborhood and take a walk together. Fresh air, exercise and a chat makes for a relaxing afternoon. 

Make a Craft

Head to a local business and paint a piece of pottery together (a plate with hand prints) or paint a pot at home and plant a flower in it. Or, what Mom doesn’t love a handmade card with adorable little hand prints in it? Words and photos mean so much more knowing that the kids took the time to create something beautiful. Save the special cards the kids create and put them in a memory box.

Garden Together

Spend the day together in the yard planting Mom’s favorite outdoor plants. Note from writer: One year, my husband and son gifted me a rose bush on Mother’s Day and we planted it together. We love watching it grow in the front yard every year.

Alone Time for Mom

We love our spouses and kids; so much that we want time away. Wait, what? In a funny way, this makes sense to us. If Mom wants time to herself, let her take a nap, read a book, watch a movie, let her shop, get a manicure or send her to a spa. Bonus: a clean house for Mom to come home to!

Visit Mom

Mother’s Day might be a difficult day for some families. Mom might be states away, in a nursing home or no longer with you. Make time for a phone call or video chat; a local, drive-by or window visit for safety measures; or visit the cemetery. Note from writer: My mom passed away when I was 9 years old. I wish I could spend time with her on Mother’s Day. Each year, I try to stop by the cemetery with a colorful flower arrangement and reflect on the memories I had with her. This is how I like to celebrate her.ki

My first Mother’s Day was in 2018. My husband asked how I wanted to spend the day. The ideas were endless; but, at the end of the day, I got exactly what I wanted. I got to spend time with my family. I was given many hugs and kisses and my son made me a homemade card. It made my day to be reminded that I am loved. I hope your Mother’s Day is extra special this year!

About the Author

Kelsey Kreke

Kelsey is a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom. She loves hanging out with her son, refurbishing furniture and finding new places to explore in the local area!