12 Moms Reveal How They Really Want to Celebrate Mother’s Day

12 Moms Reveal How They Really Want to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Read our scoop on what moms really want on “their day.” Hint: It’s not breakfast in bed.


By Heather Chaet

My husband has a rough few weeks around the end of April and the beginning of May. First, it’s our daughter’s birthday. The day after? It’s my birthday. Usually a week or two after that? It’s Mother’s Day.

Yup, at this time every year, he’s running the celebration marathon, so to speak. It’s fun, sure, but it’s also a tad stressful in terms of trying to come up with gift ideas and ways to keep our birthdays and the mom-centric holiday fresh and exciting.

For Mother’s Day, I usually tell him the same thing every year: I want time. Maybe we go to a nice lunch or dinner together, but other than that, I just want time to do whatever I feel like. I may opt to go to the gym or choose to stay in bed all day, doing the weekend crossword. Either way, I just want time.

When I asked a few other moms what they wanted for Mother’s Day, quite a few gave versions on that “day to myself” theme. Read on to see what these real moms want for Mother’s Day -- and then forward this to your husband and all of the other husbands you know!

1. “I want to be told I'm doing a good job being a mom. I think we moms rarely hear that. Praise. That would be nice.” -- Rachel

2. “I want a day to decide what I want to do, and when I want to do it. A day of no demands and no schedule.” -- Kathy

3. “Breakfast in bed, but at 10:30 a.m. Not 7:30 a.m.!” – Kim

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4. “I know my mom wants a little sanity, but I told her that's something I need to splurge on for myself first!” -- Lemor

5. “I want a day off. I want a full day, from morning to bedtime, with no questions, no interrupting me on my day. Everyone else has to fend for themselves. All. Day. Long. I know it'll never happen.” -- Mary

6. “What I would like for Mother’s Day? A planned event, of which I had nothing to do with planning! For once (just once!), I would love a day of being together where they have thought through where we would go, how we get there, how long it will take to get there, what we would eat, do we need extra change of clothing. I want to relinquish the Planning Crown!” -- Sarah

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7. “When the boys were younger, and I was the primary caregiver, alone time was the thing I wanted most! Now that they are older, my favorite things they've given me are the sweet projects from school. I love looking at their messy handwriting and seeing what they choose as the reasons they love me. The answers are usually quite comical. I don't really need any other gifts, but I never turn down a massage!” --Joanna

8. “I would love to go for a run, and come home to a freshly made, hot breakfast, AND NOT HAVE TO CLEAN UP AFTERWARD!” -- Laurin

9. “My situation: single mom, so no daddy reminder, combined with clueless kids. I just want my kids to remember it’s Mother’s Day. A card! Burnt toast! Recognition! I’ll take anything.” -- Sharon

10. “Instead of ‘peace and quiet’ on Mother's Day, I would settle for just a ‘piece of quiet’ from my 5- and 6-year-olds!” -- Jamie

11. “I would like a giant thank you card that thanks me for every single thing I do for the family. from the obvious (cooking meals) to the less obvious (making sure your homework folder is in your backpack every day) to the mundane (restocking the toilet paper). I’m not sure there is a card big enough!” – Amy M.

12. “My mom always said she just wanted cooperation. As a mom myself now, I understand!” -- Amy T.

What do you want for Mother’s Day?


Heather Chaet documents her mini parenting successes, epic mommy fails, and everything in between for a plethora (love that word!) of publications and websites such as CafeMom, New York Family, and AdWeek. While her online persona is found at heatherchaet.com, Heather lives in New York City with her film director husband and one insanely curious, cat-obsessed daughter.

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