How to Write the Perfect Mother's Day Card

05/11/2015 02:58 pm ET | Updated May 06, 2016

Men: Listen up. A lot of you need help in the letter writing department. My husband is actually pretty good at it, but I've dated a lot of you and sat across from the table (and lots of wine!) with the girlfriends and wives of the rest of you and it's time to step. it. up.

Go out today, not Saturday. Go to a nice store, not CVS (Sorry CVS!). Don't wait till the last minute. Don't go when you're rushed. Spring for a good card, some quality paper. Spend a few, quiet moments thinking about what she means to you. Then write it down. Write it all. Everything your heart tells you to. She's worth it.

Still stumped? As a service to women around the world, below the perfect format. Copy, paste, insert.

Dear ____,

This year for Mother's Day, I'd like to say thank you.

Thank you for all you do.

Thank you especially for ______ (our children, your friendship, putting up with me, working hard both outside and in the home, your patience, your humor, your incredible ability to multi-task more than is humanly possible. Being the best role model for our children. Thinking of everything: hand sanitizer, SPF, activities to keep us busy, packed lunches, homework, special show-and-tell, class snack, birthday cards, gifts... Picking my boxers up off the floor, repeating yourself for a third time when I haven't listened the first two, believing me when I say I'll do better... knowing I won't. Thank you for trying. Trying to get us to eat healthier, be active, more present. Trying for the moments, the lessons, the photos no matter how painful it is or how much we complain. Thank you for trying to help me and the kids do better, be better.

Thank you for being you.

I don't know where we'd be without you.

You are the best mother and partner and we love you so much.

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