What Mom Wants Most This Mother’s Day

8 May

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May – every year. As we tend to our busy lives, taking time to honor the mothers in your life doesn’t have to be an ordeal to give mom something she really wants. Cards are fine. Flowers will do. If you want to know what she wants most on Mother’s Day, you’re in luck.


What Moms Want on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad


NPD Group for Child’s Play Communication commissioned a study of mothers with minor children to determine what they expect to receive for this all important holiday.
● 25% of moms with children under 18 expect to receive handmade gifts
● 31% expect to receive cards
● 20% expect to get flowers
● 15% figure they are going out to dinner
● 3% are looking forward to a day off – alone with no child or home care duties

Moms want two things from her family on Mother’s Day – to be appreciated and then to be left alone.

Think about it. A mother’s day – no matter how old her children are – is chocked full of thankless tasks, energy depleting activities, and mentally draining priorities. She’s on call 24/7. Whether she’s holding down a job outside of the home or not, she’s likely pulling a third shift to keep things running smoothly.

Mother wear multiple hats. They’re chauffeur. Short order cook and domestic goddess. They’re the first line of defense for minor medical emergencies or diffusing boxing matches between squabbling siblings. They keep the home stocked and recycle unused goods to keep the clutter under control. They’re managing the finances and making 80% of the purchase decisions for most households. If there is a vacation, she’s probably an experience travel agent and putting in work to ensure everyone has a great time. If it needs doing, mom is there to get it done.

What Moms Want on Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

The mother in your life is overworked, under-appreciated, and always in need of a day off. Why not make her day and score major points in the process?

Flowers fade and must be thrown away. Cards eventually find their way to a drawer. Handmade gifts are sweet. A good gift will always be appreciated. By all means, if you know the mother in your life really likes flowers, chocolates, or crafty gifts – make her day. These are simple gestures to show mom that she’s loved and appreciated. This is a great start, but don’t stop here.

Give mom the day off!

Make sure all meals are made by someone else. Don’t forget to clean up so she doesn’t have to. Take the kids out for the day so no one finds a reason to request a favor, ask a question, and generally have a need that only mom can tend to.

If taking the kids out for the day presents a burden, send mom off for a mom’s day out. She’ll be glad to take her leave. Make arrangements at an affordable day spa. Schedule a session from anything from a manicure and facial to a deep tissue massage as your budget permits.

Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to recognize the love and hard work moms give all year long. Remind her that she’s appreciated and give her the day to herself. You cannot go wrong.


Guest Post: Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance journalist whose love of Hilary Smithgadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and parenting related topics and wishes to help parents raise their children to be the best they can be.  Follow her on Twitter!

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