Mother’s Day

Until I had kids, I guess I never really realised the importance of Mother’s Day. Yes, I did make sure my mum had a card and present and that we went to see her, but I didn’t realise how it felt to be a mother and the sheer bloody hard work that goes into it.

Then I became a mum myself and I was surprised at how much Mother’s Day meant to me. One day, one single, solitary day for me. When my family can actually appreciate what I do for them and put me first for once. Because mums never come first – we make sure the kids are OK, we make sure our other halves are OK, our parents, our siblings, our friends, our nieces and nephews, our pets… Then somewhere, just below the guinea pigs, there’s us. Mums.

My kids give me the greatest pleasure, they are a delight to be with and I love them with all my heart. But, let’s be honest, kids are ungrateful sods. They have NO IDEA how much work goes into keeping them fed, watered, safe, clothed, educated, entertained, clean and tidy, because it all happens seamlessly, as if by magic. While they’re sat in front of a screen or kicking a ball round a pitch, someone is beavering away to ensure their lives run in the smoothest and most pleasurable way possible. And nobody ever stops to think and say ‘thank you, mum!’.

Cards, presents and flowers are nice (and will all be very much appreciated), but what I would really like on Mother’s Day is some peace. No arguing. No mess. And maybe just a little bit of help with tidying up. Maybe, for just one day a year, my kids might realise just how much I do for them and actually be a little bit grateful for it.

Too much to ask?

Mother's Day, Mothering Sunday, Mums

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ooh Id quite like a nice lie in and brekkie 🙂 and of course a card! Z always gets confused and thinks it my birthday!

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    • Bless him, that’s sweet! I’m not bothered about the lie-in, just a break from the hassle would be nice!

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    • Haha it is extra confusing for my kids as my birthday actually falls a few days before mother’s day – some years it is only two.

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      • Oh dear, that is confusing! Happy birthday to you for approximately now! 🙂

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  2. I’ve decided to lower all expectations for mother’s day this year – I’m invariably disappointed so probably best to have none at all! I hope you get what you wish for 😉 x

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    • Very true! I don’t expect to get my wish, but we can all dream, can’t we? 😉 x

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  3. We are moving on Sunday- some relaxing Mother’s Day that will be! Betsy seemed to think it was an excuse to forget it this year- I have reminded her that I deserve it more than ever after this week – just might have to have that lie-in the following Sunday! X

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    • Absolutely! You deserve several lie-ins to make up for all of that work. Hope the move went well. x

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  4. Ha! Love it. Kids really are ungrateful sods aren’t they. Don’t think they mean to be, but motherhood really can be a thankless job… Hope you get your cuppa in bed on Sunday hon xx

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    • Thanks very much, it didn’t happen, but I can dream, can’t I? Hope you got a bit of a break too. x

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  5. Oh, I know the feeling! No bickering and no mess – that’s what I want to, never mind the chocs and flowers! Hope you have a very happy Mother’s Day! xx

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    • It’s not much to ask, is it?! Thanks very much, and you! x

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  6. Oh my goodness yes, it’s way too much to ask! Your kids are much older than mine though so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. There is very little point in me hoping for much this year, I’m just hoping hubby has put more thought into it than last year…

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    • Hmm. yes, we had that discussion, didn’t we?! I didn’t really get my peace, but I can keep dreaming, can’t I?

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  7. I must admit to being a bit ambivalent about mother’s day. This year it is fine as it’s quite a long way from H’s birthday, but sometimes it’s quite close or even the same day and that feels unfair on him (my birthday was haunted by Father’s Day growing up, so keen to avoid that). It is nice to be a bit pampered though.

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    • It was way too close to my daughter’s birthday this year, so it was pretty much forgotten! My husband’s birthday is always the same week as Father’s Day, which is annoying – it’s hard enough finding presents for one celebration, let alone two!

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  8. I totally get what my mum meant now as a child when she wanted a break on Mother’s Day! It’s blooming hard work. Great post and hope you get your day xx

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    • Thanks very much, it’s funny how we see things differently now we’re mums ourselves, isn’t it?

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  9. I know what you mean, am not always in for these kinds of holidays and we don;t do valentines day but it is a good reason to celebrate all the hard work us Mum’s do! Great post and I hope you are getting your wish? Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays

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    • Thanks very much! It didn’t really happen as it happened to be the day after my daughter’s birthday and the day of her party. Oh well!

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  10. This is exactly what my mum used to say! A day without arguments and calm was enough for her, more than presents. I didn’t get much relaxing at work but at least I’ll have some peace once the toddler is in bed haha xx

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    • I don’t even get that! My kids are big and go to bed too late!

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