If you ask most moms what they really want this Mother’s Day, they’ll probably tell you the same thing: more time! Time to themselves, time to hang out with their kids, time with their family. Time. It’s definitely high on my wish list! So why not be a rock star and give mom what she’s yearning for? Check out a few clever and fun ways to give your mom the gift of time this Mother’s Day! Hey moms, feel free to pass these tips on to your partner or your own older kids!
How to Give Mom the Gift of Time this Mother’s Day
First, you need to decide what type of time you want to give mom this Mother’s Day. Do you want to give her a few hours to herself to read a good book? A few days to completely reboot her mental system? Could she use an extra hour a day to get things done? Once you know the type of time you want to give, it’s time to get to work!
Time to relax
If mom just needs a little time to relax, your job is pretty easy. The hardest part will be convincing her that it’s okay to let you take over for her for a few hours. Send her off to her room with a good book or a movie she’s been dying to see, a few delicious treats and orders not to come out until she’s feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
While she’s locked safely away, do the dishes, put away the laundry and handle the other household tasks she’s always doing for everyone else. Wait on her hand and foot, serving her brunch in her hideaway. Then make an amazing dinner for her to enjoy with the whole family at the end of her mini staycation! Just make sure YOU clean up after yourselves!
Time to totally reboot
This one requires a bit more work and expense on your part. If it’s in the budget, send mom away on a little vacation by herself. I never go away alone because I feel guilty. I think if I’m getting out for a weekend, I should at least take someone with me, be it my son or my boyfriend. I’d love to just spend a weekend locked away in a nice hotel room watching movies, reading books and sleeping in. No internet, no tech whatsoever, no contact with the outside world.
You don’t have to send her far, even the nice hotel down the street will do. As a single mom, I’d feel more relaxed knowing I’d be able to get home if an emergency came up, so for me, I wouldn’t be relaxed anyway with a trip across the country without my son. I did it once and I missed him like crazy. I worried that something terrible would happen and I wouldn’t be there for him. So I’d need to stay close to home. Still, now that he’s older, a weekend to myself to reboot sounds divine.
Time with her kids
Jacob is almost 11 now and getting close to the age where he’d rather hang out with his friends than his mom, so I want to get in as much “mother/son bonding time as possible. It’s hard to get in quality “us” time during the week between his school and activity schedule and my work schedule. Even on the weekends, he has birthday parties, invites to friends’ houses and so on. On Mother’s Day, I just want to hang out with my kid- preferably without him complaining when we actually leave the house to do something that I want to do.
If your mom recipient just wants the same thing, plan a fun family day out with her favorite people for her. Give marching orders to the kiddos that no matter what mom wants to do, there will be no whining. Even if she wants to eat at that restaurant that takes forever to serve you. Be sneaky to discover her idea of the perfect family outing. Is it a picnic in the park? A day at the zoo? A backyard BBQ? Whatever it is, make it happen.
Time to get things done
We could all use more time to get things done, right? Step in and help her make more time to fulfill her dreams by taking the tedious tasks off her hands. If she’s working hard to build her own business, give up a little of your time to do errands for her. Spend a Sunday afternoon cooking meals for the week so she has the dinner hour to pursue her passions. Hire a local teenager to do the weeding in the garden so she can spend more time on the planting. Basically, take the chores that suck her time away and delegate them to someone else. Do it for a few days, a week or as long as you want (or can afford if you’re hiring out!).
A literal gift of time
Regardless of which type of “time gift” you give mom, add an extra special touch by literally giving her a gift of time with a stylish Timex watch. I used to wear watches all the time. Never went anywhere without one. Then all the batteries died and, ironically, I never had time to replace them. I figured I’d just look at my cell phone. That’s such a pain in the butt, though, because it’s always buried at the bottom of my purse.
Plus, my iPhone has a big crack in it. Out of the blue, it just cracked. I didn’t even drop it or anything. It went into my purse whole, came out cracked. It’s a mystery, and I don’t have the money to replace it right now, so I avoid my phone as much as possible these days. Besides, I missed the convenience of just looking at my wrist and instantly knowing the time.
Timex sent me two fabulous watches to check out. The Weekender Reversible Floral watch has a reversible strap, so it’s like two watches in one. The comfortable nylon strap features bright, beautiful floral graphics on one side:
And a plain solid color on the other for those days when you’re just not feeling the floral:
While this particular watch isn’t meant for deep-sea diving, it does feature 30-meter water resistance, so if mom forgets to take it off when she does the dishes, the world doesn’t end. I really like the bright, beautiful yet simple face. It compliments the strap, regardless of which side you have it on. The watch also has an Indiglo® Night-Light, so you can keep track of time day or night.
For the mom who likes to stay active during all that extra free time you’re giving her, the Timex Ironman Sleek 50 Mid-Size watch is a great choice. It comes in fun colors. I liked the floral strap, but it also comes in solid colors. This one is water resistant to 100-meters, so mom can hang out by the pool without worries.
The cool thing about the Ironman watch: it has all sorts of timers and alerts for fitness buffs, like an interval timer, target pacer, stopwatch with 50 lap memory. It even has hydration alerts. Night runners can check their times with the INDIGLO® Night-Light. The silicone strap is really comfortable too. I was worried that it would make me feel sweaty, but I wore it all day while running errands and barely even knew it was there.
Find both of these watches and more on Timex.com. Right now, you’ll save 20% off and get free shipping if you use the coupon code MOM20.