Mother’s Day is tomorrow in the United States.If you enjoy Mother’s Day and celebrate it, you don’t need any ideas from me.

However, not everyone enjoys or celebrates a traditional Mother’s Day. If that’s the case for you, then read on, because you might still enjoy one of these suggested activities.

  • If you are a mother, surprise your children with gifts on mother’s day. They will not be expecting them. Tell them it is your day and this is how you choose to celebrate it. This could backfire. Do not do this if you suspect your family will immediately be conditioned to expect this from you every year. Also do not do this if you suspect that it will send the message that mothers do not ever require gifts and attention. I am making this sound like a really bad idea. I have seen this work to quite lovely effect in real life.
  • If you don’t care for the day for other reasons, then as always I will say the best way to make yourself feel better is to make someone else feel better. Plan to donate money to a worthy cause, perhaps a children’s organization. Or schedule some volunteer work. And for definitely stay off social media tomorrow.

If you did participate in some non-traditional fashion, I would love to hear about it. Please tell us about it in the comments.

My family is doing some version of the first idea, although it’s not a surprise. We agreed to order an ice cream cake that we can all share together. We actually placed the order several weeks ago and I’m going to pick it up today. My kids got to choose the ice cream and cake flavors and they let me choose the frosting color that says “Happy Mother’s Day”. 

(Image credit:  Michael Schwarzenberger )

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