Like any other holiday, Mother’s Day inevitably leads to questions around gift giving. But as you may have wondered what to give your own mom this May 14th or as your kids ponder what to give you to commemorate this day, the greatest gift you can give or receive is time.
According to this University of Nebraska-Lincoln study, when 1500 school-aged children were asked the question, “What do you think makes a happy family?” the most frequent answer was that a happy family is one that does things together and genuinely enjoys the times they share with one another. Rather than fancy vacations or expensive toys, it’s incredibly revelatory – and touching – that even at a young age, children are in tune to the fact that it’s not what their parents do for them that’s important, but what they do with them.
The reality is happiness comes from meaningful connection and quality time spent together. It’s a concrete expression of love that can be measured, and results in lasting memories.
This Mother’s Day, in addition to that lovely gift or bouquet of flowers, spend some quality time with your mom (or if you have young kids, with your kids!). Here are some ideas:
- Go on a bike or rollerblade and ice cream date.
- Drive to the park to look at all the spring flowers in bloom.
- Have a movie night. Popcorn and all.
- Foster an artistic skill, such as drawing or instrument-playing. Start by taking a class together!
- Book a spa day for you and your mom
- Engage in a driveway or park sports practice session.
Happy Mother’s Day!