Mothers’ Day as a single parent can be tough without that second adult to take charge and make a fuss of you, but here’s why you can and should make a fuss of yourself on Mothers’ Day.
We’ve all seen the TV ads, the magazine features and the Instagram posts about what Mothers’ Day is ‘meant’ to look like – the thoughtful dads organising the kids into making homemade cards, breakfast in bed, an extended lie in – that’s Mothers’ Day right?
For some mothers maybe, but definitely not for all.
Being a single parent on Mothers’ Day doesn’t have to mean missing out though. Here at Frolo we’ve come up with six ideas for nice things to do for yourself this Mothers’ Day.
Send yourself a Mothers’ Day card
Choose a card with an uplifting message or a beautiful picture that you know you’d want to keep, write yourself a little ‘well done’ message and pop it in the post! For just the price of a stamp you get that warm, excited feeling of post that isn’t a bill or a smear test reminder. We love the cards at Ohh Deer.
Plan a romantic evening in
Who are you romancing? Yourself! You are totally worthy of love, especially when that love comes from you. Take some proper time to think about the evening, just as you would for a partner or child on a special occasion – what would you most like to do? What food and drink would you most enjoy? Treat yourself exactly as you would want other people to treat you.
Buy yourself Mothers’ Day flowers
You could just go to the supermarket and pick yourself up a bunch of tulips with the food shop, but wouldn’t it be so much more special to order yourself a bouquet for delivery? Pre-order it in advance to arrive on Mothers’ Day weekend and you might even forget you’ve done it, making it a lovely surprise! If you prefer something longer lasting, we love the letterbox friendly dried flower arrangements from BloomPost – get 10% off with the code FROLO10.*
Take some time to reflect
Being a single parent is such a hectic juggling act, especially in the last year when a lot of us have had homeschooling thrown into the mix. Often we forget to stop and appreciate just what an amazing job we do. On Mothers’ Day this year why not take some time out to think about how far you’ve come? Get the baby photos out and think back over your time as a parent, all the storms you’ve weathered and the good times you’ve enjoyed. You’ve done a pretty good job haven’t you?
Write a letter to your future self
You’ve looked back, so now it’s time to look forward. Writing a letter to your future self is a brilliant way to think about your hopes and dreams for the future, and can be a very effective tool for creating a vision for your life. You could try for example writing to yourself five years in the future and telling yourself about all the wonderful things that have happened to you in those five years. Or maybe you want to write something that you can open on Mothers’ Day next year and make it an ongoing tradition.
Give yourself something to look forward to
One of the hardest things about the last 12 months has been the empty diaries, the not knowing when life might be different, when we can make plans. With the way out beginning now to look clearer, Mothers’ Day is a good opportunity to start planning a trip, whether that’s a family holiday, a weekend away with friends or some time away alone. Having something to look forward to is such a morale boost and there’s even research that suggests that the process of planning a holiday is almost as much fun as going on it! (Which we think is probably even more true when you’re a single parent!)
We hope we’ve given you a few ideas to help you make Mothers’ Day special for yourself this year. We hope you have a wonderful day.
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