What does mom want for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is May 13: how do you want to be appreciated?

The moms we know and love weigh in.

“I would just want to be acknowledged, because every mom needs some recognition! Sometimes I think my kids don’t understand what mommy does all day for them. Who would feed them if I didn’t? You can’t survive on PB&J all the time!” – Angela Roy from PRMommy

“I would want them just to behave and get along for the day, and help me out with the cooking and cleaning. Yes, it’s Mother’s Day, but I still have to work as a mom. It’s important to be appreciated because as a mom, I do need a break from the kids fighting and it’s nice to get some help around the house. It would be nice for a day to have less stress and have some ‘me’ time.” – Brandy Walleshauser from NoTimeMommy

“Thankfully, my children are so gracious when showing their appreciation for me on a regular basis.  I would like to be able to honestly just spend time with them doing something fun without worrying about what’s for dinner or having a schedule to keep.  Them sharing in their day with me would show me that they appreciate me and would be sufficient!  It also wouldn’t hurt to have sibling rivalry take a hiatus for a day, too!:) I see my kids growing up each and every day and just want to cherish these moments. We don’t always have a relaxed routine and schedule so it would be nice to be able to have it just for one day.  As a busy mom, it seems like each day is spent just preparing for the next “thing”, so it would be nice to just have one day where I didn’t have to think about things like preparing dinner, etc.”  – Candy Tai from Mommypalooza

“I would love for my daughter to take over some chores in my behalf like cleaning her room and letting me relax for the whole day! As a mom, we tend to get busy caring for our children and family that we neglect to take care of our own needs. I would love to have one day just taking care of myself and having a much-needed “me” time which is really not asking much!” – Maricris Guadagna from ZensibleMama

“I have a four year old, and while I am sure she will make something at school or her Daddy will take her shopping for a gift, the fact is I would rather have just a day together. The perfect Mother’s Day for me would be a day away from the computer and phone. Maybe a trip to the zoo and nice dinner, no one should cook on Mother’s Day. Family is without a doubt the most important part of my life and I don’t believe a gift is required to show your love or appreciation for each other, this comes in the small things such as a simple thank you or ‘I love you.’” – Margie Brill from MySpringfieldMommy


“I don’t really feel like my kids need to DO anything for me to show their appreciation. We live together, we work together, we play together. We see each other in all of our good and all of our bad all of the time. Somehow, getting a vase of flowers or some semi-burned pancakes delivered to me in my room one day a year doesn’t really communicate that much to me other than that my kids have bought into the cultural expectation that once a year they need to DO something to express what we try to live out in reality all the rest of the time.


Granted, if my kids make me cards on Mother’s Day or bring me flowers, of course I love it. But what I really want is for us to live together well all year long.” – Megan Dunham from HalfPintHouse

“I would be happy with my kids creating their own art and picking flowers, or even just a simple hug.  My four year old loves picking flowers from our yard for me and that is his special way to say I love you! I hope that I am teaching my kids that the little things in life are what makes someone know they are loved and appreciated.  It doesn’t have to be big and expensive.  Like with him surprising me with flowers that his little hand picked means more to me than anything in the world.” – Samantha Anderson from As They Grow Up

“[I would love for my children to] make me breakfast in bed and let me lounge in my PJs all day while DAD cleans the house! Just a little pampering now and then (or only once a year) is NICE!  ;)” – Jen Andrade from The Mom Reviews

“The best gift or way to show his appreciation would be to allow me to be his playmate for a  day. And that at the end of the day, he would give me a huge hug and kiss and an “I love you Mami”. Seeing my son’s face full of happiness has no price/ He always showed me his love with his smile. Since, I have been involved with Build-A-Bear Workshop, I also hope to visit a store and have him make a friend just for me… For me the most important thing is to know that there is a “little” person who loves me and  enjoys being with me.  I picked spending a day with my son because when I am with him I am a child again. And I proud to see him grow and enjoy the world around him.” – Sandra Perez-Ramirez from Mama Noticias

“One of my favorite Mother’s Day memories was the year we went to a Durham Bulls baseball game.  A gorgeous sunny May Sunday, it was my request to grab tickets and go for the day.  We spent it together, happy, relaxed, and completely content, not a care in the world as we enjoyed the game and all a minor league baseball stadium can offer.  If you’ve ever been, you’ll know exactly what I mean =)  The gifts of that day, together, relaxed, happy, and completely content were priceless.  As our sons have grown, one still plays baseball and the other tennis and its likely I’ll find myself spending Mother’s Day weekend at a Tennis Tournament and perhaps a Mother’s Day Sunday baseball game. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Always complete with a ceremony where the boys present their Moms with a single rose thanks to the always thoughtful coaches, its a gift of a day that is yet again spent together, happy, relaxed, and completely content.  I love my children and am forever in awe of the miraculous gift that they are in my life.  While there are other days I’d prefer to spend with time away and taking a break to recharge my busy soul, Mother’s Day has never been one of them. And of course in all three of these examples…I totally don’t have to cook lunch or dinner and that I dearly love =)” – Molly Gold from Go Mom, Inc.!

“I would love for my girls to plan a special day for us to just be together and have FUN!  Maybe a picnic in the park! Being I am a mom who works outside the home full time, I value quality time with my daughters. A whole day to be lazy and chat without the stress of our daily schedules would be perfect!” – Bridgette Duplantis from The Not So Blog

“I would love for both of my kids to make some time in their hectic schedules to spend time with me. Being that my kids are 8 and 18, it’s hard to get them to spend time with one another, let along time with me. But it would be great if we could have a Mother’s Day brunch or lunch together, just the three of us. It’s something that we don’t get to do a lot anymore because my 18 year old is usually so busy. To show their appreciation, a simple ‘I Love You’ would work. It would make my day! This is my son’s last month in high school, and pretty soon, he will be off starting college. Spending time with the both of them is important to me, because after graduation, things will be different. I chose spending time because this is the last Mother’s Day where both of my kiddoes will be under the same roof. Come fall, things will definitely change! :-)” – Danyelle Little from The Cubicle Chick

Thanks to all our moms for helping us figure out what moms really want for Mother’s Day!

What do you hope your children do for you on Mother’s Day?

About Molly Saunders

I am a bear in the Digital Dept at Build-A-Bear Workshop. I work at World Bearquarters in St. Louis, Mo. View all posts by Molly Saunders

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