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As Mother’s Day approaches, many are filled with nostalgia as they reflect on how they celebrated the holiday with their own mother during their childhood. When we are children Mother’s Day is often celebrated with handmade crafts, special meals, or flowers. However, as we get older the holiday becomes less about commercialism and more about time spent with loved ones and honoring the role your own mother played in your life.

This Mother’s Day keep in mind that this holiday isn’t just about people who are mothers, but it is about everyone who has a mother. This simple shift in mindset broadens our perspective on ways we can celebrate this day. Whether you are spending time with your own mother, or gathering with others to reflect and celebrate motherhood, here are 5 thoughtful ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day:

 

A get together of the generations

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than spending time with the younger and older generations within your family? This is a great opportunity to share stories about your own mothers, and experiences with motherhood. Gathering with the women in your family is a great visual of the impact mothers have had on your family and the generations to come–a great memory that will last a lifetime!


Help other mothers in need

One of the best ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day is to help other mothers in need. Mother Teresa once said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Dedicating your time on Mother’s Day to assist a mother who could use your help is a powerful and thoughtful way to honor motherhood, even if it is as simple as taking one mother to lunch.

 

Have tea with senior women in your community

As we age we realize the value of time. A great way you can make someone’s Mother’s Day extra special is to give a community member your time. Having tea or coffee with an elder woman in your community is a great way to not only brighten someone else’s day, but also enlighten your day as well.

 

Make a one of a kind booklet for your mom

Present your mother with a booklet filled with childhood pictures and handwritten notes. This booklet will have your mother feeling special and she’ll love looking back on how her family has grown over the years.


Plant flowers together

Planting your favorite flowers side by side is a great way to enjoy the day and create memories. As you tend to your flowers you will be able to reflect on the time you spent together and celebrate your mother all over again.