There are lots of people who want us to spend Mother’s Day their way, but do what you want for Mother’s Day!
As usual, commercials, restaurants, and jewelry stores are trying to convince us of what we want (read: what they want us to want) for Mother’s Day. Even when we are good at tuning out the messages, they can impact us and lead us away from how we really want to spend a day.
There is also a group asking Mothers to refrain from using all media (including the internet) on Mother’s Day. You know, so that we can connect with our family. There is an irony in this message for many of us who are to deepen the connection with our children on a daily basis.
Personally, I find this message insulting for a couple of reasons. First, does the think-tank behind this campaign know better than my husband, children, and I what keeps our family connected? Second, the internet is what stops me from feeling alone in my parenting choices! Let me revel in it!
This Mother’s Day, I am going to be yet another voice telling you what to do. Here is my suggestion: IGNORE EVERYBODY WHO TELLS YOU WHAT TO DO! If you don’t want to celebrate, don’t! If you want to celebrate, celebrate! If you and your family want to see a movie, or sit in front of TV, or go on a hike, or cook, or have a picnic at the park, do it!
Enjoy your day without regret or feeling like you are “doing it wrong”. An expensive brunch at a stuffy restaurant and another piece of jewelry does not a Mother’s Day make. The second Sunday in May is only made successful by however we each define it.
However you choose to celebrate, whether a fancy-shmancy brunch, or living out a normal Sunday in May, I wish you and your family a day filled with love, connection, and hugs and kisses galore!
Happy Mother’s Day bootsers <3