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Mothers Day

A shout-out to all the mamas!

May 8, 2020     By Boys Town Contributor

Boys Town, Boys Town Parenting, Child Development, Connecting with Kids, Connecting with Teens, Family, Parenting

As a mom, you're used to wearing many hats. But when the stay-at-home orders started and schools shuttered, you had to balance every imaginable headdress and bonnet atop your head – nurse, therapist, overworked chef, police chief, parole officer, peacemaker, activities director, storyteller, teacher, mediator, mind reader, motivational speaker and even snack distributor.

And yet you managed to wear them all with style and grace, even if you don't think so!  

Parenting is never easy, and the events of the past month certainly reinforced that truth. But like so many moms from generations past, you made the work of being “Mom" look effortless to your children. Sure, you may be second-guessing some decisions, regretting some actions and lamenting some perceived screw-ups, but what parent doesn't?

This Mother's Day, find comfort in the fact that you're doing the best you can for your family and allow yourself grace. Grace is about acceptance, forgiveness and kindness. Be proud of what you've accomplished, let go of any mistakes that were made (or you think were made), and be kind to yourself.   

This Sunday is a celebration of you, so be generous to yourself and find your happiness…  

Sleep in! It's your day, so get up as early or as late as you please.

Alone time! Go for a leisurely stroll or bike ride. Or, send everyone else out of the house so you can bask in the stillness and quiet of your home. 

Order in! Sit back, chill in your most comfy chair and stay away from the stove! Order carryout (or delivery) from your favorite eatery. Not only will you be supporting a local business, you'll have more time for yourself.

Go on a virtual museum tour. If a field trip or excursion is one of your Mother's Day traditions, you don't have to give it up. Just reinvent how you do it! 

Movie/Game Day. Whether you prefer playing a spirited game of Hearts or watching a movie marathon featuring your favorite heartthrob, indulge in whatever fun you want.       

Have gratitude. It's been mentioned many times before, but expressing gratitude is a key to happiness. If social distancing or other restrictions are preventing you from spending time with your mother/grandmother, maybe you can take the kids for a drive-by parade past her home. Or sit down with the kiddos and create homemade gifts/cards for her. You could even “adopt a Grandma" and bring a little joy to someone who may be alone or isolated today.

However you choose to spend your Sunday, take care of yourself, do whatever feels right and stay hopeful. From your friends at Boys Town, Happy Mother's Day!

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