Make this Mother’s Day special by brainstorming with your kids about how to celebrate the day in new and more inclusive ways. Talk to your kids about the women in your circle – your family, friends and neighbors, – and ask them how they want to connect with and celebrate the women who help to shape their lives.
As is so often the case when we take the extra time to have conversations like this with our children, the answers may surprise you. The list could include grandmothers, neighbors, godparents or teachers. It is always a moment of discovery when you let your children lead conversations about what means the most to them.
By engaging with your children in this way, you learn who is important to them and what they are observing about their family and community. You also come to learn how your children are practicing empathy and gratitude as they grow and change.
5 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day through Storytelling and Sharing
Schedule Facetime or Skype calls with special women in your child's life
Seeing and hearing each other is a wonderful way for your children – and for you – to connect with the important people in your lives. We are fortunate to have technology at our fingertips that allows us to do that.
Ask your children who they would like to connect with and schedule a time for a call the same way you would schedule an in-person meeting. Make it an event, make it special, and most of all, let your children take the lead. Far away friends and family will be delighted to connect one-on-one with your kids. Your kids will feel proud to share and to celebrate these special women on Mother’s Day.
Share their Artwork
For younger children, look through art work and classroom projects and select some favorites to send to the family members on your list. Encourage your children to share the story of why they love this piece of art, what inspired them to create it, and why they chose it for the recipient.
Sharing artwork and allowing children to talk about it helps to build their confidence, and reminds them that they have the power to bring happiness to the people they love on holidays like Mother’s Day and throughout the year.
Create Unique, Special Messages
For older children, ask them to create a unique, special message for each person on the list. This could include writing, drawing, making jewelry or other small gifts. This encourages your children to share their stories and their observations to help connect them with their loved one. It gives them the chance to use their creativity and talents to let someone know that they care about them, and why.
Share a Mother's Day Video Message
Our clients love sharing Portrait Videos and Video Cards with their loved ones for Mother’s Day and other holidays. Especially for families that do not get to see each other as much as they would like (which is all of us, really!) our videos help to give the gift of more time with the ones you love.
Plan a New Kind of Mother's Day Get Together
This year, let your children take the lead in planning a Mother’s Day get together for your whole tribe. Include all the women your child loves. For us moms, this new approach does mean sharing our day, but what a gift it is to know that we are able to also share the joy and love of our children – and the joy and love we have for those who care about our children and contribute to their happiness.
Mother's Day Special
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