Mother’s Day as a Milestone

Photo by Rebecca Alison

Photo by Rebecca Alison

Will this Mother’s Day be special for the moms in our lives, or will it be a mere “Hallmark holiday”? Practically from the start, the commercialization of this holiday has been a concern. Early in the 20th century, the founder of the American version of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, recoiled at the growing tradition of giving flowers to moms, fearing that the holiday had been usurped by the floral industry.

But Mother’s Day can be a wonderful annual milestone. It’s a great opportunity for mothers to reflect with wonder and joy on happy experiences that may include pregnancy, the birth of our children, holding them as babies and what we were doing on Mother’s Day last year. We may even recall our experiences as children with our own moms.

For those who wish to mark this Mother’s Day in a meaningful way, there are many options. Here are a few ideas for using this holiday as a time for reflection:

  • Consider organizing a family craft project or asking your partner and children to create your Mother’s Day gift this year.  For example, you might have your partner make prints of your kids’ hands in paint or plaster as a gift for you to keep. Or, you might simply suggest that the kids draw you Mother’s Day cards with their crayons.
  • Spend some time placing special family items that you’ve collected over the previous months in your scrapbook or memory box. If you don’t yet have a scrapbook, this is the perfect time to start one.  Beginning a scrapbook may seem like a daunting task, but, it doesn’t have to involve anything complicated or expensive. You can create one simply using your photos, a pen, adhesive and a scrapbook album. Don’t forget to date the pictures or add captions. And, of course, include the Mother’s Day cards that your children made for you and photos from this day so that in the future you’ll be able to recall what you and your children were doing this year on Mother’s Day.
  • On this day of reflection, consider starting a diary or a gratitude journal to record your experiences with your family, your thoughts about motherhood, and those happy moments that you want to hang on to. If you worry that you won’t have the time to write a daily diary entry, a gratitude journal might be right for you.  Studies have shown that grateful people are happier, healthier and more satisfied with their lives.  And the good news is that this does not have to be a time-consuming activity.  Every day, write down two or three things that you are grateful for, and after a week or two, you may find yourself feeling more optimistic in your life and appreciative of the people around you.

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on what being a mother means to you. Channeling your thoughts and emotions into a creative medium can link you to both the past and the future, giving you something fun to look back on in years to come.  These creative projects can also help you to connect with your loved ones and feel more satisfied with your life. And wouldn’t everyone want that for Mom!

Sharlyn Dreyfus leads the PAMP Scrapbooking subgroup.

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