Mother's Day Traditions


Ah, it’s time for my favorite holiday: Mother’s Day! I always feel relaxed and pampered one day of the year, and I definitely milk it and enjoy it. Here are some ideas for Mother’s Day traditions you might like to see in your house this year—or any year!

Note: Please don’t require your loved ones to follow all six or you’ll go on a laundry strike. Just tear these ideas out, leave them lying around and surely they’ll catch the hint!

Mother’s Day is just short day that happens once a year when moms deserve to be showered with love and to be treated special all day long.

1. Flower Mom with love. Flowers are a favorite–and very easy–way to make a mom feel special. My very favorite flower is Lily of the Valley because it reminds me of my own mother. One year my husband planted some in front of our house, and they bloom every year as a reminder of what he did for me on Mother’s Day. Consider hitting the local florist for a bigger bouquet in a colorful vase. A potted flowering plant or hanging basket of petunias would be low-maintenance and long-lasting.

2. “Letter” know how you feel. I love the handmade notes and cards from my kids on Mother’s Day. Leave some construction paper and colored pencils, crayons, and glitter glue on a table and see what happens.

3. Eat your heart out. What’s Mother’s Day without breakfast in bed? It doesn’t have to be fancy; it can be as easy as store-bought donuts and orange juice, or as extensive as biscuits and gravy with fresh fruit and coffee. The point is, Mom will know she is being thought of and cared for, like she cares for everyone else every other day of the year.

4. Picture perfect. Find a fabulous photo of mother and child and buy or make a cool frame. On Mother’s Day, make sure more pictures are being taken of that special duo to be treasured always. Then, consider putting together a scrapbook to enjoy for years to come.

5. Basket case! Put together a basket of her favorite things. Ideas include a favorite candy bar, a candle, a gift card, or homemade coupons for special hugs and favors. The sky is the limit! Just make sure to pick things out that Mom would like.

6. Just spend time together. I want to throttle those coaches who schedule baseball games or Team Picture Day on Mother’s Day … don’t they know who they are dealing with?! Try to boycott any activities that are not mother-child related. Even watching a favorite or new movie in the evening, while snuggled up together eating popcorn, is bonding time!


Kerrie McLoughlin, mom of five and blogger at,
looks forward to chillin’ out every Mother’s Day and playing the Mom Card.