In 2016, Americans will be spending more than $21 billion on Mother's Day! That's 3.4 percent more than we did last year.
Mother's Day can hurt. It can also be a beautiful time of joy. I believe there is a way to honor mothers while being sensitive and loving to those who find this holiday hard. We can reach out to those we think the day might be hard for.
If you're new to this crazy train known as motherhood, I'm going to prepare you for something you will inevitably encounter along your beautiful journey. You are going to hear every variation of "you're doing it wrong," you can possibly imagine.
These women--warriors, really--single-handedly shoulder the day-to-day responsibilities of raising their families. Here are five reasons why single moms deserve a high-five this Mother's Day, and every other day of the year, too.
Four to nothing. That's the way my mom used to say "for nothing" in her broken English. And it was always followed by a smack across the back of my head when I, in flawless wise-guy style, would ask her who was winning the game.
May 13, 2007, was the last Mother's Day I celebrated, although I didn't know it at the time. I have a hard time recalling what we did. The memory, nine years later, clouded by the passage of time. That fall my Mother passed away from cancer. Her battle was over; mine was just starting.
The whole holiday has, somehow, left me feeling unappreciated. I've tended to get in a funk, and not out of grief or some sort of well-defined pain -- I can only imagine how hard Mother's Day must be to someone who has lost their mother.
Whether you're more of a full-time stepmom, an every other weekend stepmom -- with your own biological children or not -- Mother's Day can feel like a poignant slap in the face.
Despite all the times it would have been easier to quit, my children will remember that was when Mommy pushed harder. I want my children to look back and say, "Because of my Mommy, I never gave up."
I decided that instead of birthday presents of more stuff, what I wanted most from my mother was more memories. Her memories. I already had my memories but wanted to hear her version. And so I asked that in the future, could she send me gifts of memories.
Mothers have a well-known power to make things better. Your children and mine are in jeopardy. Let's do everything in our power to fix that.
When it comes to Mother's Day, gifts are lovely and of course, I'd take anything on my blog wish list in a heartbeat, yet there are some priceless, largely intangible gifts that can be way more enticing.
"Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face." -- George Eliot My mom passed away last June so this May will be my first Mother's Day wi...
For me, one of the best pleasures of Mother's Day is having a true day off -- a day when I don't have to figure out where we'll all be going or what we'll all be eating. Some researchers call this type of work -- serving as "cruise director" for your family -- the third shift.
If you have been dealing with a self-absorbed parent for your whole life, any day that is explicitly designed to be even MORE focused on them is going to make you feel angry, resentful, and depleted.
Mother's Day can be a depressing time for wives with cheating partners. The family may come together, but celebrations can have a bittersweet flavor. It won't be like it was before infidelity reared its ugly head.