Thanks to Hallmark, everyone's Mother's Day thoughts are consumed by gifts. Luckily, our stable of bloggers have diversified the conversation. So while you're scrambling to remember what kind of flowers your mamma likes best (or busy worrying your kids won't remember), think of what Mother's Day means beyond a price tag.
According to a recent survey, Canadians would pay their moms an average salary of $161,287 a year for all their hard work. When asked what qualities a Mom of the Year should possess, the answers were several -- being loving, compassionate, hard working, fun loving, a mentor, sacrificing and charitable.
Some view Mother's Day as an entire day dedicated to mom, a day for her to do whatever she wants. Others view it as a day of gifting, a day when mom is showered with elaborate presents. We see it as both. All of this is within your reach if you read our guide on how to get what you want for Mother's Day.
Come on, it's almost Mother's Day and your eponymous celebrant is one of the most important people in your life, right? So why not give something about which she'll be properly excited? To assist, here's a C&J mini gift guide -- that spans the financial spectrum - featuring inspired, prezzies, any of which would send your Mom into a state of elevated recipient frenzy.
I can't spot a single one-dimensional woman for miles. They don't exist. I seriously want to throw a party for all the mothers today because even though mothers have always possessed these layers, women today just seem to own them more. At the party, I'd raise my glass to these ladies and say, "You are my heroes. Thank you for being more than just a mom."
In the movies, heroes save the world with high-tech gadgets, superhuman strength or daring gunplay. But when Superman goes home and hangs up his cape, sitting there alone in the Fortress of Solitude, who does he idolize? Who is his hero? We meet a lot of heroes every year. Not caped ones, generally, but down-to-earth heroes like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr. James Orbinski, who save lives and change the world with education, medicine and compassion. Still we wonder who these heroes look up to -- Martin Luther King, or Ghandi? Sometimes. But more often the answer is much closer to home.
Let's face it -- we all need our mothers, no matter what age we are. Our mothers have wiped our tears (and other areas), gave us hugs and kisses when we needed affection. Although it's hard to give a gift to the person who has given you everything, here are some gift ideas that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your mother's face.
I don't need any grand gestures on Mother's Day. Maybe when my kids are older (they're four and two now) they'll help daddy cook me terrible tasting pancakes and make freshly squeezed orange juice with way too much pulp in it. And that will be awesome. For my family, Mother's Day is more like Family Day.
It seems to me that Mother's Day is pretty much every day in the work world, and not in a good way. Hear me out. At home, moms are privileged to receive the time honoured traditional offering of burnt toast and cold coffee from our own junior employees, intended to save mom the trouble of doing this herself. Of course the dichotomy is that more often than not, this causes mom more work.
At PTPA, we are all about being a family friendly resource so we took to the streets (okay, we took it online) to over 400 moms and asked them some questions about their best/worst gifts and what their ideal mothers day would include in the hopes that the men out there will read this and heed our warnings and suggestions!