Over the next several days we will be giving gift ideas for the women in your life as we approach Mother’s Day. Check back everyday this week because they are plentiful.
THE FOLLOWING IS A POST FROM MY WIFE TO PREP THE MODERN VINTAGE MAN FOR MOTHER’S DAY:
Matt told me that my “first” Mother’s Day didn’t really count because I was “just” 8 months pregnant with our son, but by Father’s Day, we had a two-week old. I bought my husband a grill and statue of a dad holding a teeny baby “from” our son for Father’s Day. I waited almost year for my “first” Mother’s Day and my husband, whom I love and adore completely dropped the ball. I honestly don’t even remember what I “got” for Mother’s Day that year, but I can tell you that it wasn’t much and it certainly wasn’t thoughtful.
Ask just about any woman you see about her first Mother’s Day and you’re going to get a similar story. My questions is, fellas, WHY?
Think about it for a minute—you give us sperm and we give you a BABY. We then feed, clothe, nurture and care for that baby, most of the time while working a full time job. I’m sorry, but that’s just impressive. Now I’m not saying that dad doesn’t contribute, too, but guys…..come on. You and I both know that it takes a super human to put up with everything that you and the kids throw at us from birth to 18 (and beyond)—moms deserve at least a month every year celebrating how awesome they are, and yet we barely give them a day each year.
Modern Vintage Man asked me to review some products to keep you guys from dropping the ball this year. I’ll be reviewing four products over the next couple of days. Any of these would be more meaningful to your wife (or mother) than some crappy hand tracing that you made with the kids in about 2 minutes before breakfast because you forgot. Again.
Before we get to the reviews, I want to give you three pieces of advice to help make this the best Mother’s Day your wife (or mother) has ever had.
1) Tell her how impressive she is. Being a mom is HARD work and most of the time I feel like I’m getting by on the skin of my teeth. Your wife or mother is probably the same way. Tell her how incredible she is—make a list if you have to. Making a video would be better. Don’t say this to her through the shower curtain, sit her down, look her in the eye and tell her she’s amazing and tell her why.
2) Have the kids make her something adorable. Get on Pinterest and come up with something cute. It’s not that hard. And for the love of Pete, don’t ask her to help. Send her out to get her nails done or something—or let her go for a run by herself. Make something cute. And don’t leave a mess, or have it be still wet when you give it to her.
3) Make the day all about her. Breakfast in bed is nice, but it doesn’t mean very much if mom has to clean it up and make you lunch. Watch her favorite movie with her. Do the things she likes to do. Take her shopping. Handle the kids for her. End your day at Orange Leaf (hint, hint). All day long, be all about mom.
Boys, this is the woman who sacrificed her body, brain and sanity to make you a father (or give you life). The very, very least you can do is give her a fantastic Mother’s Day. Believe me, you’ll reap the rewards of such an experience long past Father’s Day .