5 Ways to Show Your Mom How Much You Love Her
Posted on May 09 2017
As we approach Mother’s Day every year, I stress about what special things I can gift her to show my appreciation for just how much she means to me and my sons. And while I do find some amazing gifts for her (XES Jeans and Tees are always a great idea and she loves how comfy my tees are, Hint, Hint. Wink, Wink.) I always realize in my heart that no gift I can buy really makes up for quality time, memories and a simple, but heartfelt sentiment.
So I’m writing this letter to her and my hope is that she’ll see a piece of my heart and know how grateful I am to her for the life she has given me.
- Tell her…often. It seems simple enough, but I can’t tell you how many times I personally take my mother for granted. Beyond the simple “I love you” or a “thank you,” be specific. Tell her how she’s made a difference, what you’ve learned or why she is important. I think of how amazing she is a grandmother too, and tell her how much my two sons, Charlie and Chayton love her and love spending time with her.
- Write her a card or a nice letter. Admittedly, I find it easier to put my thoughts down on paper, particularly when the emotions I want to convey are complex or deeply affective. Sometimes the nicest gifts are no gift at all- just a simple heartfelt letter, doesn’t even have to be a on a fancy card, makes all the difference.
- Cook her a meal (without her help!). Like most moms, my mother doesn’t typically get a break when it comes to the kitchen. While she will always appreciate a meal out during her visits, I strive to take the time to make her something from scratch or even better, something that’s she’s taught me to make and I’ve perfected over the years. She served me for so many years of my life and I love the opportunity to do the same for her whenever I get a chance.
- Pay her a surprise visit. If your mother doesn’t live within driving distance, like mine, this could prove to be more challenging. However, setting aside some vacation time to visit shows her that she is still an important part of your life. This also affords her precious time with her grandchildren, if you have children, which I know inspires and rejuvenates my own mother.
- Design memory book compiled with all this year’s favorite photos. While iPhone photos and email are great photos are one of the most important ways we share our lives and preserve our family’s precious memories, not all moms are tech savvy or want to rely on their phone or computer to keep all their important family snapshots. Taking the time to compile and design a photo book every year will give her something to reflect upon when her children and grandchildren are far away. Not to mention humble brag to all her friends how amazing and beautiful her family is!