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Friday, April 23, 2010

What Do Moms Really Want?

MothersDay


Okay, short post today: I'm writing an article to run in a local paper in the Dallas/Fort Worth area about what moms really want for Mothers Day. I've got to have the final copy turned in asap, which means I'm going to be working like a mad lady for the next couple days.

I've got a basic outline figured out for the article, but I'm tying to think of gift suggestions, acts of kindness, et cetera that moms really want. I've got my own ideas like my son to quit smearing poop on the textured walls, but I thought I'd pick my readers' brains as well. I know it's Friday, so I may not get as many comments, so if you're reading this please leave me with at least one idea. I'm pretty sure I'm the only mom with an almost five-year-old that has an interest in playing with poop.

Specifically, I need:
  • Gift Suggestions
  • Acts of Service Ideas
  • Favorite Gifts Given or Received
  • Worst Gifts Given or Received
  • Whatever else you can think of
Alright! Can't wait to read all your ideas and suggestions. Oh and if you have an idea to get my son to quit his dirty little habit, you can chime in on that as well. Pretty much a solution to this problem is all I want for Mothers Day. Oh and that golden oak wannabe waterbed but ain't out of my bedroom.

26 Comments:

Sheri Wallace said...

I think moms need more support. It's not one day of gifts (whether they be bad or good), it's something that makes it just a tiny bit easier every day. No poop smearing included. If you're even a slightly green mom, maybe a membership to Holistic Moms Network (www.holisticmoms.org). Monthly support, someone to listen to the bad days and the good days, and even offer help. (Full disclosure: They are one of my clients!) Other similar ideas would be offering to babysit once a month for the rest of the year. Offering to take the in-laws out to the movies the next time they come to town. Or, coming to drink with me and help me clean before they come. All of those would make a difference to moms.

Kristi said...

For Dad to cook them dinner AND clean up the the kitchen and dishes afterwards! Give Mom a chance to put her feet up.

As for dirty little habits, have you ever made him clean it up? Maybe if he knows how hard it is to get off, and what an unpleasant job it is, and that he'll have to clean it every time he does it, he'll quit doing it.

Emily said...

I love gift certificates to my fave restaurants or to the movies. A lot of moms love certificates to salons for various pampering!

As far as non-monetary gifts, I really enjoy a dinner I don't have to cook or clean-up! I love handmade gifts from the kids. The older they get, the fewer you get, so if my older children made something for me, I would be THRILLED!!! You forget how much the handmade items are so special until you realize they don't bring them home anymore!

Oh, and I would LOVE a weekend free from bickering amongst the kids, but I think that is asking too much. ;)

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

I tweeted that I want a maid, and that's true, but I'm not going to get one.

So my second choice is that whatever it is they do that they do it cheerfully and not with eye rolling. Cleaning the kitchen for me while you sigh and roll your eyes is NOT a gift.

motherlylaw said...

I love: gift cards for mani/pedis;
for dad to take boys out of house to do something so I can stay at house and enjoy peace and quiet; any gift my almost 4 yr old picks out for me - he is always looking for things i would like - whether it is a bought gift or found/made gift - like the big dried hydrangea he found while on a walk
I will ReTweet your message to get more comments - thanks, Anna from Motherly Law

Kelly said...

My faves have been a digital frame loaded with pics of my girls, dinner shopped for, cooked and cleaned up, GC's for spa services, home-made stuff!

Peaches said...

A Gift Certificate for massage is a great gift for me… a plane ticket for one to visit out of state girl friends… Merry Maid service…

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

Okay, so in addition to the "somebody to cook/clean" tweet I sent you earlier, I would also like one full night of uninterrupted sleep. Just one. I'm not asking for too much, am I?

scrappin'soccermama said...

I love dad taking all the kids out and giving me the house to myself, pampering gift certificates, and/or a movie. I used to love breakfast in bed but diets ruin all of that!

Magimom said...

I always appreciate the little things my kids do for me - my oldest will bring me a coke/candy bar from the store (and I know its all he can afford), my three stepchildren consistently make me homemade stuff - beautiful artwork for my wall, or sweet and endearing cards that I'll keep until I'm gone! I think that the biggest thing is to be remembered and feel special, no matter how they make that happen!

Screwed Up Texan said...

Wow! Great ideas everyone! Keep them coming!

Steph said...

I love the idea of a little book of homemade gift certificates, usually for simple things that moms do day in and day out with little help(someone else cooking dinner, doing the daily chores). Or special things that I'm sure we'd all love (a evening spent curled up with a good book and no interruptions, a lazy morning spent sleeping in).

Christy said...

Time to yourself. I would love for the chance to go get a latte and either read a book or get my nails done by myself. And with no whining or complaining, lol. Also if he could just let me sleep in one day. Its pretty much assumed if we are both home in the mornings, I'm the one waking up with the babies and he gets to sleep till like 11am. I want to sleep in for once! good luck with your article!

Erin said...

I'm not trying to be a sap story, but I've had four failed pregnancies and am currently seeking the help of a specialist... with my husband, of course. So what I'd like for Mother's Day is GOOD NEWS! I'd like to see future full of healthy children. Then I'll worry about free time and massages later. :)

Leigh said...

Sorry, I don't have any gift ideas...but I love your blog! It's hysterical...and the photos are beautiful and fun! I've signed up for the photo walk in June and I can't wait to meet you in person!

Leigh

PS I'm also a DP fanatic...I'll bring extra!

Grams said...

Since my daughter and I both love to cook, she bought both of us the same cookbook. We live about 200 miles apart. We've had tons of fun cooking the same recipes in our separate homes and comparing results.

R.J. said...

I can't imagine anything better for Moms than time, just to visit with the kids/grandkids. I tell mine, I don't need presents, I just need your presence.I love to have them in the same room with me in anyplace, my house or theirs, to talk, play, visit, eat, whatever.

Vivianne said...

I am not a mom, but I know my mom would have loved any gift or act of service that was given joyfully and with a sweet attitude. Now that I am ...older, I can do that. When I was 15, I don't know how I didn't run into more things, I was rolling my eyes so much of the time...

Screwed Up Texan said...

Great ideas and suggestions! I have so much to work with--keep the ideas coming!

Shana Banana said...

A night away! Nothing fancy...a hotel room in Dallas will do. Just time away from home where there is no laundry, dishes, cooking, homework...just total family togetherness time. And if he wanted to hire someone to clean the house while we were gone...that would be just peachy:).

Homemade cards are a close second...followed by POTTED flowers that I will most definitely kill but they are fun to look at.

THIS year my husband is taking me to auto salvage yards per MY request. I am crafting some fun stuff but I need old license plates so he is taking me and doing all the labor...I am hard core...lol.

Kathleen said...

I loved when my kids made me something. They made amazing things! I also loved having a family bbq that they and their daddy shopped for, cooked and cleaned up. That was incredible!

Robyn said...

Oh, I hope you link up to the finished article when it publishes. I can't wait to read it.

My favorites are:
1. Anything made by my son - a card, plaster of paris hand or foot print, picture, anything.

2. Flowers or plants from my husband - or jewelry, or a Nikon D300S, or something along those lines with flowers to boot.

3. A hug, a kiss, and an "I Love You" always does just perfectly.

Sell...Party Of 4 said...

What I REALLY want...

A love note from my husband.

That is all.

NitWit1 said...

Anything that does not imply work, cooking, housecleaning, etc.

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