In celebration of their 4th year of blogging, Se7en has invited a group of bloggers to contribute a list of 7 + 1 things. If you click over today you will find my list of quotes that inspire me as a mother and as a creative person! Check them out and let me know what you think!
So many fun ideas!! So...here's my question: As a crafty mama am I allowed to "facilitate" the crafting/creating of my OWN mother's day gift?! : )
I am so glad that Pink And Green Mama asked this question because every year as Mothers Day approaches it's on my mind. My short answer is yes, absolutely, it's okay to help your children with your own Mothers Day gift.Now, if you're lucky enough to have a husband that totally commandeers all the Mother's Day festivities whether it's making gifts with the kids or taking them shopping, planning breakfast in bed or a brunch out, then sit back and enjoy your day but if it isn't their strong suit then by all means jump in and give a little guidance. It won't make it any less special and there won't be any disappointment from expectations not being met.
I'm a single mom and in the past, when my kids were younger, if I had to depend on someone else to make this day happen it just wouldn't. My kids are older now and very thoughtful about Mothers Day but when they were younger I had to teach them and help them out. They know I like homemade cards because that's what I showed them when they were young, they know that it is fun to have someone make you breakfast and serve it in bed because that's what I like and I showed them how to do it. If you think about any of your family traditions you'll see that your children understand what is involved because of what you have taught them.
For homemade gifts, show your children some of your favorite ideas then let them pick one that they would like to make. Provide the materials and any instruction and help that they may need according to their age. As they get older you can let them take on more responsibility; for example, provide the materials but leave the room while it's being created. Another way to go about it is get together with a friend and her children and you each help the other's children with their project. I love homemade gifts but sometimes little ones want to buy you
something too. You can set the dollar limit and provide the money, or whatever is
right for your family, and then take them to a store and show them
several items that are in their price range that you would like as a
gift. I remember doing this for my own mother and I felt a real sense of
pride in choosing a gift and paying for it.
One of my favorite sayings is, "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" I believe that the happiness of a family radiates out from the mother. Let your children know what you would like to do for Mothers Day, whatever makes you happy, and they will love creating that day for you!