7 things to get your other half for Mother’s Day from you and the kids that don’t cost a thing but mean a whole lot more.
Right menfolk. It’s time we talked. Here is the thing. Mums, all mums, are hardworking, exhausted and underappreciated.
We feel this always.
Menfolk are not half bad. We see you helping around the house, doing your man things and generally nodding when hints are dropped. We appreciate you for all you do.
But Mother’s Day…is our turn!
And we don’t ask much. In fact, although there are long, very long and very expensive lists of things we would love for Mother’s Day there are actually ways that you can convince us of your ultimate sainthood without spending anything. Yes, you heard me correctly.
The 7 things suggested will cost you and your kids nothing but effort. Just think of the brownie points…oh the epic, epic brownie points.
But if that doesn’t convince you then consider this…Father’s Day comes next and it can be one of two things. Bloomin’ fabulous or payback. Make good choices!
So here we go, the complete guide to impressing the gorgeous, hardworking mother of your children for peanuts.
1. A long lie
As all parents know, this is the first of life’s little luxuries that hits the fan as soon as the sprogs start popping out. Do you remember weekends, pre-children, where there was very little done before 11am?…Na me neither. It was a flippin’ age ago!
So this is a real gem of a treat. Get up with the kids on Mother’s Day and convince them to leave your beloved alone to snooze in bed.
Do not attempt to make breakfast in bed…no no. Just peace thanks. A well-earned chance to relieve some of the sleep deprivation and potentially drag our eye sacks northwards of our cheekbones.
Take the wonderful darlings downstairs, feed and water them, toilet, clean and dress them and do all of this with as little noise as possible.
Thank you kindly you wonderful human you!
2. Cards the kids have made
Yup, not gonna lie, little bit of prep work required here. I’m gonna help you out a bit with this one though, here are a bunch of suggestions from the inspiration gods of Pinterest.
This may require a painted hand or two but you are a proper grown up man. No-one likes getting the paint out. Painting with kids sounds like it will be potentially fun and never ever ends well…but this is what will gain you extra respect from your loving wife.
Wow her with your non-camp Mr Maker prowess!
and for the comedians of the family…
3. Time off
We love our children, you know this.
We would genuinely do anything for our kids and we generally do do most things for our kids so, just this once, give us some time off. I don’t know how many mums I hear talking about how they don’t ever get time in the house on their own, especially if the kids are still really little. Just time in our own house to sit and chill out, watch a film, read a book…all things they have pretty much forgotten all about.
Take the kids out for a few hours and leave us to just be.
You will be utterly amazed at how pleasant and wonderful a female can be when you have done something kind and selfless for her.
And if Mother’s Day doesn’t really lend itself to offering your lovely partner some time off then give her an I.O.U. for it…and actually follow through.
4. Have the kids run her a bath
This will require some slight preparation.
All toys must be removed and the bath must be clean (yes I know this is no mean feat!).
A candle or two will gain you extra points and by god if you add some bubble froth then you are on to a proper winner! No-one said you couldn’t benefit from the generosity you show. Wink wink.
5. Finish some of the ‘Man’ jobs
I know, you are knackered too. I get it. You have work and the kids and the house and the cars and a boat load of family responsibilities but…you know the bulb that needs changing and those shelves that need hanging and the pictures that need put up and the lawn. You’re running through your list right now aren’t you?! I know you have one!
Nothing pleases us more than our home being up to scratch and it’s had a few knocks over the years of child raising so if there’s anything that makes it look a little better then that’s gonna make her happy, happy, happy.
Involve the kids. What can they do to help…hold your ladder??? Joke!
6. Cook dinner
If you are beyond pants in the kitchen then feel free to skip this one but if not then grab your pinny and get your spatula out.
Get the kids doing the chopping/prep work/set the table etc whilst you work some Roux Jr. magic and put something in front of her that she hasn’t had to cook herself.
And once you are done and the meal has been complimented and you are feeling all man proud…get the kids to do the dishes.
7. Watch a movie she wants to watch and you really don’t
So, you’ve given her the long lie, made the cards, taken the kids out, made the tea, run her the perfect bath and managed to squeeze in a little household man maintenance. You are rocking this!
You want to lie on the couch, grab a beer and chuck Sky sports on and I say yeah go for it to the first two…but record whatever your sporting preference is and offer to watch some of her guff. Yeah, you know you’re gonna crash out on the couch anyway so let her take control of the Sky Box for a few hours while you zone out and relish the fact that it is another year till you have to do any of this again.
And that’s it.
It’s cheap and meaningful and god knows I don’t know a single mum that genuinely would not be chuffed to bits with only half of these things.
But for those of you who really want to stick my list where the sun don’t shine and you’d rather just get your visa out and dent it to solve the problem then here are a few links that would make pretty much any woman on the planet happy.
Do not…and I cannot stress this enough. Do not buy her lingerie that you think she will like. Just no.
The minimal effort/splash the cash list
This one is always at the top of my list. Anything from this page thanks…keep the receipt!
Can’t go wrong with this one either. But if you go with a monetary amount, make it an amount that actually gets you a treatment and something to eat.
Flowers, always a winner…amp it up and get them a subscription for flowers through the door every month. Oooo she’s gonna love that!
Give her vouchers for shoes. Shoes and bags…it’s all about the accessories!
A nice, child free, proper dressed up meal out. Can’t think of anywhere in the local area I’d rather go more than here. Food is superb. Love, love, love it!
And the one that you get to enjoy too…
There are a lot of amazing places to stay around this area. I could literally have listed 20 hotels across Scotland that we have stayed in and love but this one ranks high on my list because of the roof top hot tub…to die for.
Oh…or me. Shameless plug.
I’m a proper, legit memory maker and I’m doing vouchers for Mother’s Day. Happy days!
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So you’re all set.
You have the ultimate guide to making Mother’s Day a smooth sailing event. Bookmark this and come back to it for future reference anytime there is a birthday/anniversary/bad day/good day or just because you fancy showing your lovely lass how much you bloomin’ adore her.
And don’t worry…I’ll write one of these for Father’s Day too. It will include uninterrupted couch snoozes, beer and football. Anything else? Drop it in the comments and I’ll get my recommendations in for you.
Until next time!