It is still not too late to plan and execute the perfect Mother’s Day. It might be getting close, but a desperate dad can still get the job done.

These five steps can enable your family to give mum the perfect Mother’s Day.

Phase One: Know Mum

Remember, this day is not about you, Dad. Mother’s Day failures usually only happen when Dad isn’t purposeful in his planning and presentation. Know what Mum enjoys. Know what makes Mum smile. Know what Mum wishes she could have for at least one day. Her friends and the children sometimes have insights that are worth investigating. Asking her is a better idea. Knowing what Mum thinks is a good Mother’s Day is the beginning of a memorable day.

Phase Two: One Big Thing

Memorable Mother’s Days usually have one particular thing that makes an impression. It doesn’t have to be a new car, or a diamond necklace. But find one idea around which to centre the day. A gift is good, but a theme also is worthwhile. Perhaps a big thing for Mum would be a day in which she does no Mum work. The family can cook. The family can do the cleaning. The family can do laundry. The family can let Mum relax.

Other ideas might include a Mother’s Day poem, written by the whole family that tells Mum how important she is. Or perhaps a day in which she is given time to do some gardening. Or a day in which she doesn’t have to do any gardening. If the one big thing is based on solid Mum knowledge, it will be sure to give Mum a fantastic Mother’s Day, perhaps for the first time.

Phase Three: Many Little Things

But little things mean a lot, too. Garnish the one big thing with a series of little things. From the morning’s first greeting, let Mother’s Day be mother’s day. Words, of course, are little things. Take turns every hour having a family member tell her, “happy Mother’s Day,” or give some more small mother’s day poems, or tell her a happy joke, or simply ask her what else she would like.

But don’t rely only on words. Make sure you open doors for her on Mother’s Day. Hold her hand. Give a few small gifts, like a bit of chocolate, or a useful household item.

Phase Four: Include the Children

It is Mother’s Day, after all. Make sure the children are involved in every step. From the first phase, until the final goodnight, include the children. Let them give a big gift, even if Dad bought it. Find little things for the children to do throughout the day. Help them make homemade cards, write notes, sing songs, and give hugs.

Phase Five: All Day Long

The perfect Mother’s Day will not happen from a big price tag. The perfect Mother’s Day occurs when the whole day is Mum’s. From sun up to sundown, plan the day for her to enjoy. Family activities, many smiles, and the attention she should receive every day will help her know she is loved and appreciated.

Give Mum the perfect Mother’s Day… all day long.

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  • The most important question “What does your Ultimate Mothers Day look like?” .. Everyone is different. Some people would love a sleep in. Others would love to be woken with breakfast in bed. I dont like breakfast in bed but many people love it.


  • I agree although to be realistic, the best thing about mothers day is that I just spend it with my family.


  • My kids moved out if home a couple of years ago now so I rarely see the two of them for Mother’s Day. My perfect Mother’s Day is most definitely spent with both my kids, hands down


  • The whole day of relaxing would be nice. Sometimes my family think a breakfast is it and then it’s back to mum looking after everyone for the rest of the day. I might forward my partner this article…!


  • Just being together is perfect.


  • My perfect Mother’s Day is one spent with my kids. We wouldn’t be mothers without them


  • a full night’s sleep would do me oh and home made cinnamon scrolls!!


  • I may have to print this and place them around the house so hubby can get a read


  • Just love still being here to enjoy another Mother’s Day.


  • I love these tips. Every year is different as my son has grown. He is now 17 and earning his own money so I look forward to what he buys me. It’s not about the cost, but the thought that he will put into it.


  • I just like someone to clean the house wash and iron for me and just cook a meal for the day that would be my wish


  • I am just happy with a sleep in!


  • My favourite Mother’s Day is having my kids and grandkids altogether in the one spot at the same time! Too easy?? I wish :(


  • A massage – that’s all you need. A long one too!!!


  • Ooooh I want a day of attention and no work for me – all day long.


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