Moms are awesome and really, we make the world go round. But unless it’s Mother’s Day, sometimes our good deeds go unnoticed. No one thanks you for cooking that wonderful Martha Stewart-esqe dinner last night and no one thanks you for picking them up from school every single day. While it’s definitely a thankless job and we love doing it, sometimes it’s nice to be appreciated. It’s time to take a stand and show them just how great they really have it with these five simple ideas that any…and I mean ANY mom can accomplish.
1. Show them you’re crafty
Moms can do anything–especially with the help of the Internet and all the fabulous blogs that have popped up in the past few years. It’s time to show off your craft skills. Your daughter wants a tutu but you can’t find the one she wants — no problem, just follow the how-to from The Crafty Crow, a children’s craft collective leading you to all the how-to steps for the easiest kid’s crafts. Your daughter will dance for joy and you handmade it just for her. Now that’s totally impressive!
2. This mom can bake
Short of hosting your own bake sale, there’s nothing like a nice plate of homemade cookies or a fun dessert to get the kids (and husband) ooohing and aaahing. For the most delicious and kid-friendly recipes that will get you more hugs and kisses than any mom could hope for, visit the Picky-Palate.com. She makes the most amazing Bakery Style Cookies and Cream Cookies out of Oreos…devine!
3. Be the best multi-tasker
The main difference between dads and moms is their ability to multi-task. For some reason, women are able to juggle a million things at once while dad has to throw up his hands in defeat as the three kids just crumble at his feet. Mom on the other hand can throw little Joey his frisbee, help Annie with her math homework and manage to cook a big pot of homemade spaghetti and meatballs all at the same time. Yes, it’s a talent but it’s surely enough to impress the family that mom can do it all at once (although, she may go to bed at 7 P.M.) Need a little help in this department? Try getting organized with these funny Knock, Knock pads, $8.
4. Be spontaneous
Perhaps a weekend trip to the local zoo is in order or maybe it’s time to play hooky from school and work and take the kids to a local museum for some bonding time with mom, while also remaining educational. Whatever you plan, just make sure it’s spur of the moment and it’s fun for both you and the kids. They’ll be so impressed that you planned a special surprise outing just for them that you might just earn the title of “mom of the month!”
5. Take a time out
Nothing makes the kids and the husband appreciate you more than when you actually disappear for awhile. Take a few hours to go relax at a spa or meet up with a girlfriend for lunch and you’ll definitely be welcomed with open arms when you get home. After a few hours of dad’s cooking and not-so-great multi-tasking skills, they’ll be really impressed with everything you magically do and you’ll be so refreshed from your time away, you’ll be happy to clean their dishes again.
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