Mother’s Day 101
This Monday, we are starting the Mother’s Day celebration during Foodies’ Night In (#FNIchat). We’ve partnered with our good friends at iDine who are absolutely dedicated to making this year’s Mom’s Day the best one ever. (In addition to the usual spot-on reviews and reservations, they’ve got a Spa-tacular giveaway just for you; click the link for all the details.)
And so, with the iDine folks, and every mother-lovin’ foodie in the Twitterverse, we’re #FNIchat-ting all things “mom” for two solid hours. We’ll cover everything from breakfast in bed to a 5-star restaurant supper. Be sure to join us!
Mother’s Day is my favorite holiday hands down. What other holiday is as well deserved as celebrating the woman who tucks you in every night, comforts you no matter what, and cheers the loudest for all of your achievements? Being a Mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world, and 24 hours of celebration is the least we can do.
My husband probably holds his breath until Mother’s Day is over. I am a big fan of dropping hints, reminders of how long I would like my nap to be, how he will be handling both sets of bed times. Since there are no lunch breaks in this occupation, no weekends, no holidays, I like to consider Mother’s Day as PTO and I am sure other Moms feel this way too! Here are the major points to hit to ensure a great Mother’s Day:
Sleep. As soon as the baby is on the outside of your body you can kiss any normalcy to your sleeping goodbye. I used to sleep through fire alarms, for entire driving trips, and even in the hallways of high school, but once you have kids you can wake up at the sound of your son moving in bed. The best present I can receive is sleeping in and an option of a nap. Just knowing I can lay in bed extra long for this one day sure keeps me going at times.
Men – Start Early. There is nothing better than waking up to your family on Mother’s Day. My boys are too little to understand, but it is great to hear a thank you for being their Mom so early in the morning. That’s all it takes – just a simple thank you!
Food. Some days I feel like I run the worst restaurant in the world. My customers are changing their orders, bad tippers, and always hungry (I’m talking about my family). On Mother’s Day spoil your Mom, do something a little different. If you never get dressed up, go downtown and eat at a nice brunch. If you never do adventures, pack a picnic and eat along the river. Or, sign up for iDine and do some research. Not only will you get rewards for eating out at participating restaurants, but it will give you great reviews, tell you hours and cost, plus if there is a brunch on Mother’s Day.
Gifts. A coupon book of ridiculous promises is always a big hit, fresh flowers, a little longer of a nap all are great presents.
Family. And the most important part is to surround yourself with your whole family! I am lucky to come from a long line of great mothers and I need to thank them too. Bring their favorite desserts, compare notes on if you caused as much trouble as your own kids, and just enjoy being together (while all the men do the cooking and the cleaning).
- Caitlin Steininger, Partner