Does Mother’s Day feel like a day when you have to “mom” even harder than usual? You might have to choke down that burnt toast breakfast in bed and clean up the mess your kid made in putting it together. But after that, consider asking for a few hours to yourself.
If you can arrange in advance for your husband, partner, babysitter or in-laws to watch your kids for a few hours on Mother’s Day, you can do something that really brings you joy.
This is something I’ve done for a few years now and it’s wonderful. My husband and son go to celebrate with my in-laws, they usually meet up for lunch and I stay home and do what I want for a few hours. It’s bliss. So why not ditch the mom guilt and consider some of these ideas?
Watch The Letdown on Netflix
I just discovered this Australian series on Netflix recently. It centers around a woman who becomes a mom and finds it to be very challenging.
It has some very funny, relatable moments. They range from the main character being shamed about how she’s breastfeeding wrong by other moms to having a hard time opening up her knock off designer stroller.
Be warned, depending on where you are in your parenting journey, the episode where they try to sleep train their baby might cause a little post traumatic stress disorder. That’s how I felt, anyway. I had to mute the TV and I’m seven years past the baby stage.
Watch Tully on the big screen
From Diablo Cody, writer of Juno, comes Tully. I’ve only seen the previews and it looks like Charlize Theron gives a spot-on performance of a mom with a new baby who already has two other kids. It shows her spiral into deep overwhelm. But then a nanny who seems like a guardian angel appears to help her with the baby.
It’s out in theatres May 4th if you wanna find out what happens next. I heard Ms. Theron gained 50 pounds for the role, what a trooper!
If you feel like laughing more than crying, maybe check out Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty. It’s on my to-see list also.
Write in a Journal at a Coffee Shop.
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Read a Book
Every writer needs to read, right? If you need a recommendation, some of my favorite reads this year have been:
In it, the main character enters a contest put on by a perfect mom blogger. The results are disastrous and provide some LOL moments for the reader.
This is a must read for book writers. Who hasn’t wondered how to write a book that will have “stickiness” for years to come? If you want to figure out how to be the next Harper Lee or Herman Melville, Holiday’s treatise on how to try and make it happen will give you food for thought.
We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn
This book reads like a novel but it’s a true story of a mother’s trip to Europe with her eight-year-old girl. A few trips follow as the daughter grows older. The mishaps and challenges that the mother encounters travelling alone with her child are so relatable.
The author is blessed with an easy going, travel loving daughter. I enjoyed this so much, I don’t even think I need to spend the money to take my son to Europe. I feel like I’ve already been there after having read Coburn’s book.
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If you crave more escapism, maybe you wanna read a romance. The romance novel Amber and I wrote under pen names is now free on KU.
If you want more of my recommendations for books writers should read, check out my list post here.
Drink a Tea Outdoors
When we moved into our house, my mom got us these anti-gravity chairs for the back deck. Reclining in one with a cool beverage and looking at the blooming trees and flowers in our yard is one of my greatest pleasures. It’s even better when my husband is out doing gardening and yard work, watching him do hard labor is one of my other great pleasures.
Take a Stroll to a Local Cafe and Eat Lunch by Yourself.
One of the challenges of being a mom is that it’s easy to forget what it feels like to slowly chew food, tasting every bite while sitting down and not having to answer five thousand questions or hop up to attend to some perceived kid emergency.
Why not treat yourself to a brisk walk? Without a kiddo along you can walk faster than a turtle and actually get some exercise. Once you get to the cafe, order something and eat it slowly. You’ll thank me later.
Whatever you do, Happy Mother’s Day to you. We know how hard you work!
What do you dream of doing on Mother’s Day? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.