In just under a week, millions of moms will awaken to breakfast in bed and crayon-scrawled cards -- a hard-earned thank you for all we do for our families. Whether you're planning Mother's Day for your mom or mother-in-law, or daydreaming about your own celebration, the Guides on the About.com Parenting and Family Channel offer some fun ideas, interesting trivia and low-cost suggestions for the holiday. Step right up and enter the carnival!
Keep It Simple
Homemade celebrations seem in vogue this year. Tween Parenting Guide Jennifer O'Donnell reminds us that the holiday doesn't have to involve a lavish brunch to be satisfying, as her favorite Mother's Day memory involved a walk and wildflowers.
Child Parenting Guide Katherine Lee looks back at past Mother's Day gifts and realizes that her favorites were simple art projects, which seem to fall off in volume as kids get more involved in academics.
Planning the Day
Jennifer Wolf, the Guide to Single Parents, encourages moms to remind our families about the holiday and suggest a way we'd like to spend the day. It's good advice for partnered moms as well, since Dad often needs a nudge and an advance reminder.
The Contra Costa Times blog aPARENTly Speaking suggests an updated version of the good-behavior coupons we gave our own parents. Who wouldn't like a coupon for an hour of computer tech support or video game tutorial from the experts -- our own kids?
If you need a soundtrack to your day, check out the selection of songs honoring mothers of all stripes at the Green Book of Songs blog.
Reach Out to Others
Mother's Day, of course, honors grandmothers as well as moms. Susan Adcox, the About.com Guide to Grandparents, reports on a fascinating study of mothers and their adult daughters and how the relationship differs with your cultural background. Similarly, the blogger Shadowangel writes a love letter to her own mom and all the sacrifices she made.
Laureen Miles Brunelli, the Guide to Work-at-Home Moms, sends out a public thank you to all the other people in our children's lives -- teachers, coaches and religious leaders -- who help guide and nurture them.
This holiday, Young Adults Guide Jackie Burrell plans to reach out to struggling young mothers with an encouraging word or smile. Support and understanding is the best gift of all!
Join the Conversation!
But enough about us. We'd like to hear from you! Please post your stories of how motherhood has changed your life on my blog.
Preschoolers Guide Amanda Rock is taking a poll of whether moms will celebrate Mother's Day with family, or enjoying some quiet time alone.
And of course, you're welcome to write comments here or in the forum for Working Moms or any other sites on the About.com Parenting and Family Channel. It's your day -- what does it mean to you?
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