Our families help shape the kind of people we grow up to be, and they play a huge role in determining our happiness as adults. At the center of it all is Mom – she’s a constant and loving figure, a multitasking superhero who guides her kids through the trials and tribulations of life. She won’t get everything right, of course, but she does it all with love and a smile on her face!
Whether you’re planning to celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom or want to spend quality time with your kids (and it’s totally OK to drop hints about what you want to do!) these activities and ideas will help you get face time with the ones who matter most to you.
Take a Family Hike
Round up the troops, pack your family’s favorite homemade soup in a thermos, plus sandwiches and dessert, and set out for a day of adventure. Whether you choose a woodland trail, a local park or a coastal path, hiking is a great way to get everyone talking and reminiscing. Not only does it get the blood pumping, research shows that spending time spent in nature can boost your physical and emotional wellbeing, too.
Organize a Mother’s Day Party
Time to celebrate all the moms – that means you, your mom and your partner’s mom! Keep things laid-back and casual: Ask each family group to bring a dish and serve the food buffet-style. When it comes to cleaning up, give the moms a chance to put their feet up and put the rest of the family to work loading the dishwasher. (Of course, you can leave the hard work of getting those dishes sparkling clean to Cascade Platinum ActionPacs!)
Have a Family Portrait Taken
In the digital age, print photographs are a rarity – most of us have a smartphone or laptop bursting with images of our nearest and dearest, but we rarely update the framed photos on the mantelpiece or walls. Make an appointment with a professional photographer to get new family photos taken, then order prints to fit your existing frames. (Plan ahead and make sure your smile is white and bright by using Crest 3D Whitestrips – you’ll start seeing noticeable results in three days.)
Film a Family Message
If you’re sending love across the miles, organize a time to video chat or make a funny video to let your mom know you’re thinking of her. If you’re stumped for ideas, try filming a “gratitude” list of things you love about your mom and things you’re grateful for, then send it to her. Then encourage your kids to do the same for you! It’s a gift you can keep forever and watch whenever you need a boost.
Plant Bulbs for Spring
Create a lasting reminder of this Mother’s Day by planting bulbs as a family – they’ll flower and bloom year after year. Crocuses, hyacinths and narcissi all flower in early spring, and although you might have to wait a year to truly appreciate the fruit of your labors, getting out and working in the garden is a fun family activity, no matter how old your kids are. So pull on those rubber boots and prepare to get your hands – and clothes – dirty. (And don’t sweat those grass and dirt stains – Tide PODS with Downy pack 10 times the cleaning power* with an innovative multi-chamber design that separates key ingredients until they hit the wash for maximum cleaning power.)
How are you planning to celebrate Mother’s Day with your loved ones? Share with the P&G everyday community by commenting below!
*Based on stain removal performance of one pac of Tide PODS vs. 10 doses of the leading liquid bargain brand base variant in a standard top-loading machine.