Fun Things To Do On Mother's Day
The COVID-19 crisis is especially taxing for mothers, who juggle family and work-from-home schedules. This Mother’s Day pamper yourself, even while you stay home. Here are some fun activity ideas.
By Sahana Charan • 14 min read
“All I am and hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,”—Abraham Lincoln
There is no doubt that we owe many of our happy memories and sweet successes to that one person, who is always there for us through sunshine or rain — mother.
The values that mothers teach their children help them become responsible, compassionate and worthy members of society. That is why Mother’s Day is an occasion to acknowledge the contribution that mothers make not just in the lives of their children but also the important role they play in shaping the world.
In these trying times when the nation is in lockdown, mothers are doing all they can to keep their families safe at home while they manage household chores and work. That is more of a reason for the stressed-out mommies to take a break and indulge in some self-care.
So, wouldn’t it be good for mothers to take a step back, focus on their needs and pamper themselves for a change, on a day that celebrates the joys of motherhood? We give you a few interesting Mother’s Day activity ideas to try at home.
History of Mother’s Day
But first, here is how the celebration of Mother’s Day began.
- In ancient Greece, this particular day was celebrated during the springtime to pay respect to Rhea, the Mother of the gods.
- In Britain, Christians celebrated this day to honour Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Later, it was extended as a day to celebrate all mothers. Mother’s Day in Britain is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40-day fasting period that comes before Easter Sunday) and is called ‘Mothering Sunday’.
- In 19th century America, peace activist Julia Ward Howe first suggested the ‘Mother’s Day for Peace’ to appeal against the futility of war and to mark a day for peace and motherhood.
- The modern Mother’s Day celebration was initiated by Anna Jarvis. Anna started a campaign for a special day to honour her mother, social worker Ann Maria Jarvis, and to recognise the contribution of mothers to their families and the community.
- The first official Mother’s Day was observed on May 10, 1908 with a church service at the Andrew Methodist Church, Grafton, West Virginia to honour Anna’s mother and all mothers. In 1914, under President Woodrow Wilson, the United States Congress passed a resolution to declare every second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. This year it falls on May 10. Later in life, Anna strongly opposed the commercial aspect of Mother’s Day.
- Many countries around the world, including India, pay tribute to mothers on this day. In Mexico, it is observed on May 10 every year, while Spain celebrates Mother’s Day on the first Sunday of May. In Thailand, Mother’s Day falls on August 12, the birthday of the present queen.
Why mothers need a break
Being a mother can be a deeply fulfilling experience. However, during the COVID-19 crisis, more than ever, children may seek out your lap for comfort when they are distressed and look towards you for guidance when they are confused. So, as a mother when you juggle your work from home official commitments, domestic responsibilities and being 'there' for your kids, it can be physically and mentally draining on you, and even lead to a burnout. That is why, on this special day of yours you need to pamper yourself by taking a break.
But before moving on to some of the best Mother’s day activity ideas, let us look at five reasons why moms deserve to take a break, especially during the lockdown:
- To stay healthy: It is necessary for a mother to take care of her body and to stay healthy, because if she is not fit and thriving the whole family will be affected.
- To create a relaxed home environment: Juggling work pressures and household chores can be taxing for a mother, leaving her tired all the time. Taking a break from her hectic schedule will help her to relax, and in turn, create a happy environment at home.
- To connect with her children: Taking a break from daily chores will provide mothers more time to do fun things with their children. This will enable positive interactions with the children and improve parent-child bonding.
- To get more ‘me’ time: It is important for a mother to break away from day-to-day household responsibilities once in a while, to engage in pursuits that interest her and give her a chance to do something on her own or with her friends.
- To remind herself that she deserves some time-off: Many working mothers make superhuman efforts to attend to their hectic work and to engage in their children’s day-to-day activities as well. They feel guilty about not spending time with their children and put undue pressure on themselves. Taking a break will remind mothers that they too need a holiday and must rejuvenate themselves.
Fun Mother’s Day activities
Here are some fun activities that you can indulge in on Mother’s Day:
1. Enjoy a spa session at home
There is nothing more comforting than some aromatherapy, and a few hours of pampering those tired limbs and stiff back. Just because you cannot go out doesn’t mean you can’t get a spa experience on your special day. Light up some scented candles in your room/bathroom; get your spouse to give you a head massage and relax with some music. Use essential oils and simple household ingredients such as coffee, oats or sugar to make scrubs and face packs that will help de-stress and rejuvenate your body and mind.
2. Have an indulgent dessert
When was the last time you sat at a café on your own, book in hand and without a care in the world? Mothers rarely get any time to treat themselves to their favourite food or have a lazy lunch, without children in tow. Since visiting a café or bakery is out of the question, suggest to your spouse and children to make your favourite dessert. Forget about the calories when you relish the sweet prepared by your loved ones. It will be the perfect treat for you on Mother’s Day.
3. Watch a movie that you have been keen to catch up on
In the everyday grind of managing excruciating work deadlines, finishing the mundane chores, and caring for the children, mothers rarely get a chance to watch a movie without interruptions or catch up with the latest film. If you are one of those parents, then Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to fulfil your wish. Tell your children not to disturb you while you make yourself some microwave popcorn, get cosy in your favourite chair and watch a nice movie that you are excited to see on Amazon, Netflix or any other streaming services.
4. Try a fitness challenge or an online yoga class
During the lockdown period, many fitness challenges are doing the rounds on social media and some of them are a lot of fun. On Mother’s Day, involve everyone at home to take a fitness challenge and bond with your family while doing it together. If a fitness challenge is not your cup of tea, join an online yoga class along with your spouse and children. Make your special day memorable by vowing to stay fit during the isolation period and beyond.
5. Plan a date night at home
Being together at home with your family can be a blessing, but it can also mean that mothers rarely get any 'alone' time. You are split between the chores and demands on your time by your children and spouse. Moreover, you may hardly get any exclusive time to relax and talk with your spouse. Since you cannot step out for a romantic evening together, this Mother’s Day weekend give a hint to your better half that he must plan something special for you at home. Dress up for the occasion, put on some soft music and enjoy a waltz and an intimate dinner in the comfort of your home.
6. Take a long bath
It is quite common to hear young mothers lament about not getting enough time to even have a decent bath because of their hectic work or constant demands from their tiny tots. Mothers rarely spare enough time to take care of their body or grab some precious ‘me’ time. On Mother’s Day, light up a few aromatic candles in your room, throw in some bath salts in the water and indulge in a long luxurious bath, while your spouse watches over the children.
7. Start your own blog
Being confined to the home for so many days can be stressful both physically and mentally. Penning your thoughts can sometimes act as a de-stressing tool and help you wind down. So, if you have not done it already, use the Mother’s Day weekend to start your own blog — write and post pictures about things that you are passionate about or topics on which you have expertise. It could be cookery, baking, money matters or your experiences as a mother.
8. Take an online story-telling or pottery class
How many times have you postponed the idea of taking that baking class or enjoying a few hours of learning to do Zen paintings? On Mother’s Day, spare some time for yourself and enrol in an online activity that gives you joy and helps you learn a skill. There are many virtual classes being offered during the lockdown period. Choose one that suits you best.
9. Treat yourself to a long, lazy brunch
It is a tradition in the United States for grown-up children to pamper their mothers with a Sunday brunch. Taking a cue from this custom, you could plan an elaborate brunch with your family at home, with your spouse and children helping out with the prepping and cooking.
10. Do a virtual tour of a museum or a historical site
Most of the time parents take their children to a science museum or a historical site so that the little ones can gain some knowledge and have fun at the same time. On Mother’s Day, why not make the most of this opportunity and take a virtual tour of a history museum or a fine arts gallery that you always wanted to visit but could never make the time for?
With the worldwide COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent travel restrictions, many international museums, famous galleries and wildlife sanctuaries are offering virtual tours of their premises to people all over the world. Some interesting examples are the virtual tour of ancient Rome, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the British Museum in London.
11. Plan a family day of fun
Your day can be memorable if you plan to spend a fun-filled day with your spouse and children, doing a variety of activities. Ensure you tell your family that they should do all the planning and come up with ideas, since it is your special day. Stay home and cook together, play board games, tell stories and have a good laugh.
We hope these fun Mother’s Day activity ideas inspire you to take that much-needed break to rejuvenate yourself.
About the author:
Written by Sahana Charan on 16 March 2020; updated on 30 April 2020
Sahana Charan is an independent writer and journalist with an interest in writing about health and wellness, environment, urban living and child rights.
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