Grow: Mother’s Day- Creating an Experience
This post is for all the husbands out there (ladies, “accidentally” keep this screen open on your desktop for your hubbies to read later on this evening, hehe!)
What if instead of giving your wife a gift for mother’s day, you gave her an experience instead? For some mamas, what they really want (need?!) is a time away from the kids to just relax and enjoy quiet time, whether it be alone, or with a small group of good girl friends.
Now, ideally, moms would have this anyway, right? But the reality is, life is busy and it’s often just not so easy to “take off” an afternoon of being a mom. Soooo…how about giving an afternoon off for your wifey to rest and rejuvenate?
Here are some of my ideas on how you can treat your wife to a Mother’s Day Experience. Any of them can be arranged as a time with friends or just by herself:
- Movie Marathon: Pop her some popcorn, buy her favorite drink and treat, and set her up with a movie that she has been wanting to see (or two!). One year Jake did this for me, and it was so nice to be able to sit on my bed with popcorn, a Sonic soda, and some candy, watching a girl movie for 2 hours without anyone asking me for anything. It was heavenly.
- Day of Reading: Gather some of her favorite books (or ones that she has piled on her nightstand, just waiting to be read), a journal, a few new pens, her Bible, and maybe a book that you think she’d like, and send her off for a day (or afternoon) of reading/journaling/reflecting. This could be in a quiet room in your house, or it could be to a coffee shop, library, park, or quiet room in someone elses’ house! Make sure to send some food and drink with her as well.
- Spa Day: Some mommas would give anything for a morning of spa treatment– most places have a day spa somewhere around them, so just google it to see what you come up with! Even if you don’t want to splurge on a spa day, you could buy her a massage, or a manicure/pedicure package.
- Craft Night: Gather some of her friends, make some snacks for them, and then go somewhere else with the kids! Let the girls have fun with a night of chatting, eating, and crafting. This one may require you to tell your wife beforehand so that she can think about what she wants to work on (and then make sure you give her time the day before to go and pick up any needed supplies).
- Watch Party at a Favorite Restaurant: Maybe your wife isn’t into the fru-fru but loves sports— what about giving her a gift card to her favorite restaurant where she can watch a game with some friends?
Many of these ideas don’t require a whole lot of set-up work, but do require a little bit of thought and a willingness to take the kids for any afternoon or evening of fun sans mom. It may even be a fun idea to get together with some of your wife’s friends’ husbands and kids and have a party yourselves while the women are enjoying their relaxing time!