Among other interesting Mother's Day facts, you would have to pay someone $62,985 annual salary in 2015 to perform the tasks mothers do at home. There’s no doubt that moms everywhere are superstars at taking care of their kids, but why do they do it? The answer: raising their children is the most rewarding job in the world!
Think back to when you were a kid and all that your mom did for you. Here are the top five tips to making a grandmother feel special on Mother’s Day.
1) Story Time
Gather the grandchildren and have them tell stories about special times they shared with grandma. Whether it was baking cookies, spending Christmas together or a simple slumber party at grandma's house, sharing these stories are sure to touch her heart. It might be a good idea to have an extra box of tissues on hand, just in case!
2) Start a New Tradition
They may seem a bit cheesy, but traditions really do help keep families close. Start a new tradition this year, aimed at showing grandma just how much she means. Whether going to a nearby park, volunteering or enjoying a home-cooked family meal, the options are endless!
3) Arts and Crafts
Have the kids make homemade cards for grandma — all you need is some paper and crayons. There are plenty of other crafty ideas to make Mother’s Day fun, like these neat garden rocks! Plus, this is a great way to keep the little ones busy.
4) Plant Flowers
Spring is finally here, making it a great time to do a little bit of gardening! Planting flowers can be therapeutic, and a great way to get in a bit of exercise. All you need to do is show up at grandma’s house with a few garden tools, some potting soil and pretty flowers. Watering and maintaining the flowers throughout the summer is a great way to keep grandma active, without having to leave the house!
5) Try Something New
Getting grandma involved in a new hobby is a great way to switch things up and challenge not only her, but you too! Brain-stimulating activities, like painting, sewing and yoga help fight dementia and keep her sharp as she ages.
Maintaining Grandma's Independence
Spending family time with your aging mother is the perfect way to show her how much you, and your family, care. Being able to dedicate an entire Sunday to your mother is a luxury that sometimes you can’t afford, so enjoy every moment this year! In our busy lives, we don’t always have the opportunity to spend as much time with grandma as we would like to. It’s natural to worry about her well-being, as she gets older.
Being able to ensure her safety at this time is important, and giving her a medical alert device might be the best gift idea. Allow her to maintain her independence, while letting her know that you want her to age safely and happily for many years to come. When planning out Mother’s Day this year, make these tips your own, or even combine a couple for a full day of love!