Mother’s Day. The very name conjures up an image of bed-headed children in mismatched pajamas making a mess of your kitchen as they drip pancake batter across the counter and onto the griddle. Though your little chefs try their best, the hotcakes end up slightly burnt on the outside and a bit raw within.
A sticky syrup bottle and a vase stuffed with dandelions grace the tray they balance carefully as they make their way up the stairs and into your room. With love and smiles, they wake you to a chorus of “Happy Mother’s Day!”
Breakfast is served.
Whether it’s delivering breakfast in bed or creating a handmade card, your children’s hearts are filled up with you, their mama—and on your special day, they can’t wait to present you with their sweet offerings.
Many children, especially younger ones, are eager to bless you on Mother’s Day with something they’ve created themselves, but let’s be honest. Without guidance and direction, it probably won’t happen.
Take advantage of the days leading up to this celebratory Sunday. Why not set out a box of paper, writing tools, and craft supplies and encourage your children to write or create something special for you? They can fashion a crafty gift, write a sentimental letter or poem, or design a pretty card. No matter what they come up with, you’ll be one grateful and happy mom. Here are some activities to suggest:
1. Make a Mother’s Day Card
Draw a picture of a memory you share with Mom, and write a sentence or two about it.
Make a list of things you love about your mother.
“My Mother Is . . .” Write out a list of adjectives that describe your mom.
2. Create a Coupon Book
Make a list of different ways you can help your mom, such as “Empty the dishwasher,” “Hour of silence,” “Walk the dog,” or “Make a salad.” Cut 5-10 rectangles (approx. 3” x 5”) from computer paper. Choose tasks from the list that she would especially appreciate. In your neatest penmanship, write each one on a separate rectangle. Decorate the coupons with borders, stickers, or artwork, and make a cover. Staple everything together into a booklet.
3. Write an Acrostic Poem
Write the word MOTHER vertically on a sheet of paper and create an acrostic. For example:
M akes the best brownies
O rders pizza on Friday nights
T eaches me to crochet
H elps me learn my Bible verses
E xercises with me
R eads out loud
4. Suggest Some Writing Prompts
~Write a paragraph called “How to Be a Fantastic Mom.”
~If money were no object, what gift would you choose to give your mom for Mother’s Day? Write a paragraph describing the gift and explaining what it would mean to her.
~What is your funniest memory of your mom? Write a story about it.
~Observe your mom for several days. Write down all the things she does to serve your family, from grocery shopping to cleaning bathrooms to driving you to piano lessons. Write a letter of appreciation, thanking her for each of the many ways she shows love to your family.
~Write about a special time you and your mom have shared together.
~Imagine that you are entering a contest to win a family vacation in Hawaii. You must convince the judges that you have the best mother in the world. Write an essay explaining why she is the greatest mom ever.
No matter what your children come up with on Mother’s Day, cherish their gifts from the heart. There’s just no substitute !
Wife to Jim and mom of three homeschool grads, Kim Kautzer is a curriculum author, speaker, retired homeschooler, and grandma to seven. Having learned the hard way to teach her own writing-phobic son to like (and eventually love) writing, it’s become Kim’s joy to equip parents to teach writing with confidence—even when it seems like an uphill battle. Though her homeschooling days are now behind her, Kim’s hours are far from quiet. As the Creative Director at WriteShop, she blogs, serves customers, and oversees development of new products. The Kautzers live in Southern California, where Kim depends on her grandchildren, English breakfast tea, or a good book to lure her away from her desk! Read a review of Write Shop over at our review site!