A Values Guided Mother's Day

Updated: Mar 30

It's nearly Mother's Day and chances are, if you're reading this, you're either preparing a thoughtful gesture for a mother you know, or perhaps you're anticipating being the recipient of such a gesture.

What I've come to realise over the years is that each family has their own variation on how they celebrate and commemorate these types of calendar events.

At one end of the spectrum (the very far right end) you have the families who go all out for Mother's Day. There's a huge gathering of extended family honouring all the mothers in the group (well at-lease pre-COVID-19 there was). There are expensive gifts, cards, decorations - the whole kit and caboodle.

At the other end of the spectrum there's the family who marks the occasion with beautiful handmade and thoughtful cards and a special cuddle with mum in the morning. And of course there are all the variations in between these two ends of the spectrum.

Where do you and your family sit on this spectrum? If you have a partner is he/she on the same wave-length as you on this one, or do you have different views depending on your respective backgrounds? Have you ever had this conversation? In our household we have had to revisit this topic a few times over the years (LOL).

Of course there's no right or wrong way to celebrate Mother's Day - it will all depend on your family values.

Of course there's no right or wrong way to celebrate Mother's Day, it will all depend on your family values. What you don't want, however, is there to be a disconnect between what the mother is expecting and what the partner/child is organising. Not living up to a mother's expectations is a sure-fire way of making a mother feel under-appreciated and this is not good for anybody.

Thankfully, you can avoid all of this by using your values as a guide to ensure you are all on the same page. This way you are able create wonderful family traditions on Mother's Day that everybody can look forward to.