Did you know the first official national Mother’s Day occurred in 1914? That means this year, Mother’s Day turns 100!
Started as a campaign by Anna Jarvis who fought tirelessly for a day to honor women’s devotion to humanity, Mother’s Day has become a day to recognize the women in our lives who nurture, feed, teach and love us.
Like most moms, I don’t want or need a lot for Mother’s Day. Honestly, I think moms just want to feel appreciated for the work they do. As we all know, the hours are long, the work challenging and the sacrifices many. In fact Jarvis later fought against the commercialization of Mother’s Day. She believed the occasion called for a heartfelt letter and a single flower.
This year, let’s celebrate moms while helping our kids develop their Emotional Intelligence with an adventure in Perspective Taking. This heartfelt card is a great activity for dads to do with the kids on Mother’s Day morning while Mom gets a chance to sleep in. Plus, it’s one that returns Mother’s Day to its original intention for its centennial.
Quick note: Perspective Taking is the practice of seeing something from someone else’s view.
- Scissors or garden shears
- A piece of paper
- Crayons or pencil
Take the kids for a walk on Sunday morning. Have them look for flowers, herbs or flowering shrubs and take a clipping.
Once you get back to the house, have the kids sit down and close their eyes. Ask them to imagine what their mom’s day looks like. What types of things does she do for the kids? What types of things does she do for herself? What types of things make her excited? What types of things frustrate her?
After about 5 minutes or so of thinking from Mom’s perspective, take a piece of paper and fold it in half to make a card. Now have the kids write down three things that they’d like to thank Mom for on the inside of it. If the kids are young, go ahead and write their responses.
Tape the botanical clipping to the front of the card.
Present it to Mom along with a yummy plate of breakfast. Now hug.
Thank you to all the women who nurture and care for us. We wouldn’t be who we are today without you. We love you, moms!