October 21, 2017

Mother’s Day Tradition Ideas



With Mother’s Day approaching, I can’t begin to sum into words the influence and impact my mother has had on me.
I know that Mother’s Day has far reaching emotional implications for so many. And honesty, I can’t even begin to unpack that in one post, so I am going to save it for another time since mothering (whether it be with your own children or mentoring someone else’s) is something about which I am passionate.

Here are some ideas to get the creative juices going. Just pick one way in which you can make this day special (and this is the time to tap your hubby on the shoulder and get him to read my next two posts, or honestly, just print off my free download and put it in front of him. He’ll love you for that :).

Seven Days of Mom

This is a wonderful tradition for any time you want to celebrate someone, even if for no other reason than to affirm how special and unique they are.

Show Mom how much you love her by celebrating Mother’s Day all week long. Each day give a small gift, leave a loving note or plan a special activity that Mom will love. You might want to assign a day to each child, rotate the seven days around family members, or plan each day’s surprise together as a group. A theme can make the week even more memorable.

It could be Appreciating Mom Week, where every day includes a little note from a family member that thanks her for something she did for him/her during the past year. Another great theme that every Mom will love is Pamper Mom Week. Treat her to something relaxing and soothing at the end of every day: a neck and shoulder massage, a facial, a bubble bath with candles all around the tub, one hour with her favorite tea and book (and the promise of no interruptions), etc. You get the idea. On the last day of the week, Mother’s Day, prepare and serve a special meal. Mom will feel so honored and loved after her seven days of attention.

A Full Day for Mom

This tradition is about learning more about what makes Mom happy and then designing a day around her favorite things. The week before Mother’s Day give Mom a questionnaire asking her to write down all the things you could do for her that would bring joy. These might be things like breakfast in bed, special flowers, a quiet afternoon reading her favorite book or a long bubble bath. On Mother’s Day try to do as many things on the list as possible. Take a picture of Mom as she enjoys every gift of joy. Place the best one in a special frame to save this keepsake and bring out next year on Mother’s Day.

Here are free activities and template that have been put together for you about the value of Joy, along with some Mother’s Day ideas.

It’s beautiful – take a peak.
This is something your hubby can print off and do. The free download included:

  • – conversations starters
  • – a family fun night idea
  • – A May Day basket template
  • – “I love you, mom” cards.
  • – A Treasure Hunt for Mom
  • – “How Mom Brings me Joy” cards for the kids to fill out. You can even have them do this for grandma, by which she would go crazy, and tell everyone what a great daughter/daughter in law you are. Yes, we all need encouraging words.

(For additional Mother’s Day ideas/templates, click here


  1. Sheesh, that video was beautiful! But now my 5 year old wonders why I am sitting at the computer crying. 🙂


  2. HeathahLee says:

    I am so glad my Kiddo is not in here to see my face…I am sobbing! My mother is battling cancer right now…you can understand my tears…

    On a happier note, you better check out my post today! *wink wink*


  3. Violet says:

    Beautiful ideas!!!


  4. Momma to Bug says:

    Hello! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I found the large glass beads at Jo-Ann in the floral section. I was glad Chris mentioned where she found the small, strong magnets b/c I couldn’t find those at Jo-Ann.

    Love your Mother’s Day ideas!



  5. Sandy Toes says:

    OKay..I am all teared up!
    sandy toe


  6. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Sweet, sweet video! That’s how I feel on Father’s Day…lost my dad to cancer when I was 16. (But I know I’ll see him again!!!!)

    My 3 year old came home from preschool today and gave me a hand-painted picture frame with her picture in it, and an “interview” that her teachers did with her about me! Touched my heart!!! 🙂 Happy early Mother’s Day to you. 🙂


  7. Mrs. Querido says:

    Gosh that brought a lump to my throat. It made me think of what it will be like when my mom isn’t here anymore. It also made me miss my sister who moved to Alaska and I just found out she is pregnant. I always thought we would do life together side by side, but I have to be content with the phone and internet.

    Yes, words are so powerful. I will use mine wisely.


  8. Mrs. Trixi says:

    I never fail to come here and feel uplifted by your words and thoughts!!! You are inspiring.


  9. CandiceM says:

    This doesn’t have to do with this post! 🙂 I wrote about how you inspired me to go yard sale shopping on my blog and one of your trash to treasure posts! Thanks for being an inspiration!


  10. Stacey @ The Blessed Nest says:

    That Day of Joy sounds just divine!! Hmm…I may have to “mention” that idea! 🙂


  11. Mc Allen says:

    wow, your a wonderful thoughtful daughter. thank you for the teriffic reminder…. ♥ LA


  12. Tutta la Storia says:

    Goodness, the tears won’t stop coming. This is my first Mother’s Day without my Mom, and I have been dreading it. This has helped me a little, I think. My sister and I lost Mom on Feb. 17th. Do you think they would mind if I post this on my blog? My sister would like to see it.


  13. Smelling Coffee says:

    Hi Jen~ That video was truly beautiful and inspirational! I love your Mother’s Day ideas. I plan to come back and read them next year in April so they will have time to sink in.

    I had to play catch up with your last 5 posts… all great!
    Blessings to you… Jennifer


  14. Buzzings of a Queen Bee! says:

    These are some really sweet ideas. My mom is coming to visit this weekend so I am thankful to have some more ideas.


  15. the pleasures of homemaking says:

    Sweet ideas Jen!

    Yes I do tend to utilize what I buy at the thrift store quickly. But that’s because I don’t usually just buy stuff to be buying stuff. I always have a pretty good idea where things are going or how I’m going to use something. I also don’t have tons of room to “store” things. Every bit of space in my house is used!

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!



  16. Jenn @ Beautiful Calling says:

    Love the idea of week of mom!


  17. shopannies says:

    thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas to celebrate that wonderful person


  18. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says:

    Love this post, Jen! So many inspirational ideas, as usual. You are so thoughtful and creative. Hope your Mother’s Day is a special one–whether it lasts one day or seven! 🙂


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