Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for a relaxing day with my family, some pampering and maybe even some time to myself. Whether it's breakfast in bed or just a sweet note from my kids, I personally enjoy any type of special treatment.
But sometimes the day that celebrates us Moms doesn’t always feel like a break, does it? We’re (probably) still getting up early to get everyone ready for a "nice" brunch. We’re still dealing with the "I don’t want to wear that" complaints, "he hit me!" battles, and "can I watch TV?" pleas. And we’re probably still wrangling the kids into the car, stuffing all the necessities in our bags, and being the go-to person for all disputes.
Around the blogosphere, I’m seeing a change in how mothers are treating their special day. We recently asked nine of our favorite mom bloggers what they really want for Mother’s Day – and they really spoke up: To sleep in. To order take out. To not talk…to anyone. There’s a new mother's day happening. These women are asking for what they really want: A break.
I get it. After endlessly caring for our kids, volunteering at their schools, playing ref while they argue, planning weeks' worth of meals, juggling office meetings and pediatrician appointments, and putting everyone before ourselves time and time again, Moms just want some time off. Whether it's handing the kids to their partner or booking a sitter, peace and quiet is the Mother’s Day gift they want.
But I'm not one of them. I have a feeling my son will wake me up early on Sunday, I’ll end up with maple syrup on my bed covers and spend part of the day pleading with him to his chores. I sense that I’ll still tutor him with math homework, make dinner as a family, and watch American Idol on DVR. To me, that’s my perfect Mother's Day.
Even if it’s what we do every Sunday (minus the maple syrup).
But my kids are getting older and due to being a Mom who travels at least once a week, I covet those tutoring sessions and chore reminders (sort of). They bring me back to my favorite job, my role as a Mom.
How do you feel about this New Mother's Day? Are you going for some time alone – or time as a family, actively being "Mom"? Do you think it's appropriate to want time away from your kids on Mother's Day?
P.S. - While we're celebrating, yesterday was Care.com's five year anniversary. In a lot of ways, this company has been another baby in my family. For five years, my amazing co-founders and incredible staff have helped make Care.com the answer for so many families in need of care. (And I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my incredible husband and sons.) We've grown from 7 employees to more than 150, more than 1 million jobs have been posted, and more than 4 million families and caregivers combined have joined the Care.com family. And, since care is a global issue, we’ve gone international with our launch in the UK just weeks ago! We’ve loved being part of your families these last five years and hope to keep playing a part in your lives for years to come. We truly could not have done it without your continued support. Thank you!
P.P.S. - One last thing, I can't let you go without sharing our brand new "Thank You Mom," video in honor of Mother's Day. We had kids tell us what they love about their moms – and what they are most grateful for. You might be surprised by the answers.. I know I was. Enjoy – and Happy Mother’s Day to you or the Mom in your life!