What Moms Really Want For Mother’s Day

I truly believe that family is a top priority. Many friends will tell you stories of my “family first” mentality. For me, my family includes my girlfriends. They are my rocks. They have gotten me through so much it’s truly indescribable. I think of them as heroes. They work hard, play harder, and parent like the amazing women that they are. So, as Mother’s Day approaches they are on my mind. They are all “aunts” to my kids. I love their kids like my own. I truly could go on and on.  Instead of rambling, I asked them to tell me what their dream Mother’s Day would be.

I think you’ll find it as fun and heartwarming as I did what their replies are. I also suspect you’ll be able to tell the ages of their children!  What’s most impressive is that they all involve time–something I think moms lack a lot of.

These are in the order that they were received – nothing else. I am so grateful to my girlfriends for once again sharing a part of themselves to help me out. Love you all! Enjoy!

My ideal Mom Day would consist of my family telling me how amazing, wonderful, and pretty I  am ALL day long while not having to prepare any meals for the day. A bouquet of flowers and thoughtful gift is also encouraged.  – JK

Oh, mine is so, so simple: Please do what I ask, the first time I ask, from the minute I wake up, until I go to sleep. That would be my personal bliss on Mother’s Day! – AV

My dream Mother’s Day is an outing to Holden Arboretum to see beautiful blooming things followed by a delicious dinner ordered takeout and eaten on the deck so that no clean up is required. This perfect Mother’s Day also includes children who get along swimmingly the entire day, lots of laughter, and perhaps a bottle of wine. – MS

What I would want for Mother’s Day is all four of them (children) together, being relatively nice to each other… and a nice picture of the four of them/five of us. I keep Mother’s Day cards too. Really, if I get them hanging out together and talking to each other, my heart is full. – AF

My current ones are a day without fighting, children that cooperate so I don’t have to yell for one day, and someone else to clean the bathrooms. 😉 – BM

I think I’ve asked for – or hoped for – the same thing on Mother’s Day for the past 19 years: a homemade card or thoughtful (and really small) gift, and a family bike ride. Thankfully the family has obliged more times than not. – CM

I always love a massage! – KK

1.  I am relieved of any household duties for the day AND the duties are not just neglected because I am not doing them, waiting for me to do them Monday, but the duties are done for me that day i.e. laundry, grocery shopping, cooking all meals. 2.  I get to have a meal out with my family. Doesn’t really matter where. At the meal there is NO bickering, NO conflict, only total pleasantness. 🙂 3. I get to have another meal with other people of my choosing, and it’s just me going, not my family. This might be with my mom, or a small group of girlfriends. 4. My children each make me a homemade card. – MH

I would love to have both kiddos home for the day!  We would watch a movie, eat lunch on the patio, and catch up on all the things that happen when life gets busy. And, it would be awesome if Em made brownies! – LF

My ideal Mother’s Day:  Breakfast made by the kiddos, a trip to the greenhouse for flowers as a family, and then help planting. The pots look beautiful and I get to spend time with the family–nothing better than that!  We usually grill that night- most recently kabobs from Giant Eagle. – LC

Oh wait – I forgot mine!  

My ideal Mother’s Day starts with church with my family and then having everyone at the house on a gorgeous 70-degree day. Everyone that can be there–family, friends, or anyone who might otherwise be alone that day. We eat well, share a few drinks, play some games, and just enjoy the moments. The icing on the day is if the boys stay off electronics most of the day! – PP

Pam is the Executive Director of the Orange Effect Foundation. She worked in the marketing field for the past 10 years, serving as Chief Operations Officer for Content Marketing Institute. During that time she found her passion to build and lead amazing teams because of the commitment of the staff at CMI. Pam also helped to create Content Marketing World, an event where over 3500 marketers come together annually to learn and network with the best and brightest. Pam's background is in social work, and she is raising a son with autism so the opportunity to start and direct this nonprofit is a dream come true. She has been a key leader in the CMI Golf for Autism the past 11 years and a champion for many other nonprofit organizations.