The month of May brings so much to be thankful for. Spring flowers are blooming, there is a fresh smell that surrounds us all as the winter is left behind, a celebration of life as I turn another year wiser, and of course Mother’s Day.
Although I consider being a mom a great accomplishment (after all I gave birth to two human beings), I spend all year being a proud mommy. Yes, the special treats given to me by my own kids fills my heart with cheer, but I look at it another way. If you’re like me, at first you feel guilty even saying it, but I like to enjoy Mother’s Day my way. And no, it isn’t about shooing the kids away and making an excuse to have a day just for me. This is more about reflecting on me as a person, the mother I am and want to be.
I have been a mother for eleven years, and Mother’s Day started off simple - breakfast in bed, shopping, brunch with the whole gang – sometimes even my entire family! But then my husband deployed, and I realized that this day was just like any other day. I figured the next Mother’s Day would be different with him home, but who knew the Army had a sense of humor and would have him away for training the following year too?!
So needless to say, I took matters into my own hands. I spend part of my day with my mom, and the other part of my day doing what I want to do. There is no one around to plan my day, I get a sitter for the kids and take a few hours to recharge.
Decide if you want to spend the morning, afternoon or evening with your kids and family – then schedule the rest of what you want to do around that time. Think of it as a “mommy refresher”, by spending the day just the way you wish to. There should be no guilt; you won’t get the worst mom of the year award, promise.
Here are some fun ways to enjoy Mother’s Day, your way:
However you decide to spend this day, remember this: You are doing important work, Mama. Hard, tiring work. Take this time to refresh, you earned it.
Happy Mother’s Day!
How do you spend Mother’s Day? Share your Mother’s Day traditions in the comments below.
About the blogger:
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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