Almost Mother’s Day: Reverence for Mom

There are approximately 80 million mothers in the United States giving their unconditional love, support, and care to their children. This Mother’s Day, I encourage you to think past the marketing of mother’s day presents and actually honor your mom. If you think about Mother’s Day and the first thing that comes to mind is flowers, then you need to do some reevaluating. Marketers have convinced us that the only option for Mother’s Day is flowers, but what happened to those days when a sparkly hand painted card was good enough? Your mother cared for you then, and cares for you now – flowers or not. Therefore, this Mother’s Day try to put some thought into how you so your appreciation. When it comes to making or doing something creative on Mother’s Day there are a few things to consider:

Fond memories. One way to personalize either your gift or outing is to relate it to memories. Did you and your mom bond every Tuesday night watching American Idol together? Did you go to sporting events together? When you do something that is related to time spent together, it shows your mom that you value those times. Even if you moved away for college, you still look back on those memories and appreciate them.

Your Skills. Mother’s love to see their children succeed, so show her how amazing you are by constructing or doing something that you are good at for her. Love wood working? Make her a personalized keepsake box. It’s something she would treasure forever, unlike flowers that will wilt a few weeks later. I like to write and copy write, so I impress my mom with creative cards and personalized messages with meaningful gifts.

Her passions. Believe it or not, mothers do a lot more than just clean and take care of us. So, rather than the cliché cookbook and cleaning supplies, get her something related to her hobbies and interests. Does your mom enjoy being outside? Perhaps get her birdhouses, or make one yourself. If she enjoys the outdoors, go on a picnic for Mother’s Day. If your mom works in an office, there are things you could find or make that are personalized. It takes maturity to understand that your mom has a life outside of taking care of children and the house, so while we didn’t understand that when we were kids, we can show her that we appreciate it now.

What she means to you. One of the best things to do on Mother’s Fay is to truly show her how much she means to you, and this takes some creativity. Last year I made a jar with a picture of us on the outside, and on the inside was a lot of little slips of paper each one saying a way that I appreciated her. It took some thought, time, and effort, but the look on my mother’s face when she read some of the slips of paper was worth it. She saw that I noticed the small things she does for us and our family. This was one way I could show her that she means a lot to me.

Mothers are literally our reason for being, so the least we can do is honor them. They contribute so much to our wellbeing and care, it’s important that we show our mothers how much we appreciate them by reflecting on fond memories, combining our skills and her passions to create something amazing, and of course showing her how much she means to us. Now, go be amazing and plan your Mother’s Day project!

Already have one in mind? Comment below! Together Pearson Students can collaborate and share our creativity to make this the best Mother’s Day ever!

Jessica_Albright-FlowersJessica is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Management. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in December 2016, and is accepted to an accelerated Masters of Business Administration program to complete her MBA the following year. Jessica is member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society,  Ad Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity.