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Celebrating Moms!

May 03, 2009

 

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) SpaMoms.jpgMother's Day is about celebrating moms and all they do. Mothers come in all different shapes and sizes and play different roles whether they are a mother, a step-mom, a foster parent, a grandmother or an aunt.  The role of today's mom is complex and includes a lot of multi-tasking as a homemaker, breadwinner, friend, supporter, CFO, CEO of the home, volunteer, chaperone, and the list goes on! 

 

Read blogs from real moms from all over the country with varying ideas on motherhood, pampering and celebration >>>

 

So how do we go about recognizing all that mom does? After polling a few moms on their ideal Mother's Day, we realize that it is communication. Not every mom wants the same thing. For some it includes a quiet breakfast in bed and the luxury of reading the newspaper, uninterrupted, cover to cover; for others it is going out for a family brunch without the hassle of dishes at home; and still others love to spend the day in their garden preparing for spring and summer. For a few, the ultimate indulgence is a spa day of being pampered.

 

Moms, you have one week left to communicate your vision of a perfect Mother's Day to that special someone in your life. Don't always assume that they can read your mind. Tell them what your ideal day is since this is the one day that is just about you - live it up, enjoy and celebrate the joys of motherhood! 

 


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Mom's the Word Mom's the Word

I can recall many years ago, before I had children of my own, asking one of my mommy-friends what she was doing for Mother's Day.


"Going to Target," she replied cheerfully.

 

"You're taking your kids to Target on Mother's Day?" I asked, thinking that sounded both odd and not-so-fun.

 

"Of course not, silly! I'm going by myself. It's my day to do what I want, and I want to go to Target. Alone."

 

I thought back on the Mother's Days of my youth, all of which looked pretty much the same: My sister and I would get up at the crack of dawn to make breakfast for our mom. Usually the smoke alarm would wake her up just in time to be served this culinary masterpiece in bed-because that's always fun-alongside a lopsided decoupage vase stuffed with flowers pinched from the neighbor's yard. (They had better pickings.) After mom had shaken the crumbs out of her sheets and scraped the burnt pans and apologized to the neighbors and wiped wayward pancake batter from the floors, countertops and ceilings, she would usually haul us kids and our copious gear to the beach or the park before coming home and cooking dinner. Not quite a trip to Fantasy Island, when you think about it.

 

Now that I have kids, I'm torn. I mean, we spend a lot of time together as it is. And I could really use a pedicure. And a massage. On the other hand, we're talking about Mother's Day here. Won't my children's little feelings be hurt if I don't spend the day with them? And wouldn't the resulting guilt ruin any of the "fun" I was supposed to be having in their absence?

 

As I was pondering this dilemma, I had a brainstorm. I'll spend Mother's Day with my kids, making June Cleaver look like a slacker. Dad can have the whole day off if he wants; I've got this one covered. I'll proudly wear my macaroni necklace(s) from dawn to dusk, hit the park and the beach and let them skip the otherwise nonnegotiable bath, thereby solidifying my position as Coolest Mother in the Universe. When they're tucked safely into bed, I'll get on the phone and schedule some spa appointments.

 

On Father's Day.

 


Jenna McCarthy is the author of The Parent Trip: From High Heels and Parties to Highchairs and Potties. When she's not drafting her imaginary Mother of the Year acceptance speech, she can be reached at www.jennamccarthy.com.

Ideas for breakfast in bed Ideas for breakfast in bed

Whether you are planning breakfast in bed for mom or a family brunch, we have put together some suggestions and great recipes to help make Mother's Day extra special.

 

  • Spend time planning a menu for mom.  Think about HER favorites and, remember, it is ok to keep it simple!
  • Go shopping a couple of days ahead of time (mom doesn't want you racing out on her special morning!).
  • Write down a plan: who is going to make the French Toast? Who is going to arrange the flowers in the vase? Who is going to vacuum the living room carpet? Who is going to pour the orange juice?
  • Assemble all your serving dishes and mark each with a post-it with the name of the dish (tell Mom not to peek!).
  • When you're ready to cook, read through the recipe(s) and begin.
  • Finally, remember to clean up when you're finished eating; Mom shouldn't have to do the dishes on her special day.

 

There are lots of great recipes in the ParentClick Recipe Club, some of our favorites for Mother's Day are...

  • Cinnamon-Apple Oven Pancake
  • Egg in a Nest
  • Dessert Nachos

 

The Recipe Club grows every day because of the wonderful recipes shared by ParentClick readers all over the country, please take a moment to share your favorites and you may win one of our fun prizes!

Where does Mother's Day come from? Where does Mother's Day come from?

Celebrating motherhood is a historical tradition dating back almost as far as mothers themselves. A number of ancient cultures paid tribute to mothers as goddesses, including the ancient Greeks, who celebrated Rhea, the mother of all gods. The ancient Romans also honored their mother goddess, Cybele, in a notoriously rowdy springtime celebration and the Celtic Pagans marked the coming of spring with a fertility celebration linking their goddess Brigid together with the first milk of the ewes.

In the United States, Mother's Day experienced a series of false starts before eventually transitioning into the "Hallmark" holiday that we celebrate today. In 1858, Anna Reeves Jarvis was the first woman to hold an official celebration of mothers, when in her home state of West Virginia, she instituted Mothers' Work Day to raise awareness about local sanitation issues. During the Civil War, she expanded the scope of Mothers' Work Day to include sanitary conditions on both sides of the battlefield.

 

In 1905, Anna Reeves Jarvis passed away and her daughter, Anna Jarvis, took up her mother's torch. Anna swore on her mother's gravesite that she would realize her lifelong dream of creating a national day to honor mothers. In 1907, Anna launched her campaign by handing out white carnations to congregants at her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, her mother's church acquiesced to Anna's request to hold a special Sunday service in honor of mothers - a tradition that spread the very next year to churches in 46 states. In 1909, Anna left her job and dedicated herself to a full-time letter-writing campaign, imploring politicians, clergymen and civic leaders to institute a national day for mothers.

 

In 1912, Jarvis' efforts met with success: Her home state of West Virginia adopted an official Mother's Day; two years later, the U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution, signed by President Wilson, establishing a national Mother's Day emphasizing the role of women in their families - and not, like Julia Ward Howe's campaign, in the public arena. Ever since, Mother's Day has been celebrated by Americans on the second Sunday in May.

 

Perhaps the country's greatest proponent of motherhood, Anna Jarvis ironically never had children of her own. Yet that didn't stop her from making the celebration of Mother's Day her lifelong mission. In fact, as the holiday took on a life of its own, Jarvis expressed frequent dismay over its growing commercialization. "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit," she is quoted as saying.

Fun & Fabulous for moms Fun & Fabulous for moms

 

Still trying to decide on a great gift for mom? Check out our product favorites and find everything from stationary to tech gadgets to beauty products and more!

 

It does not have to be expensive or elaborate or even store-bought. It just needs to be from the heart to make moms feel special!


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