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Plan the perfect Mother’s Day – for yourself.

by Meagan Francis on May 9, 2014

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Mother’s Day can be tricky, yes? Maybe you’ll hold out hope that your spouse or kids will create the perfect experience for you…and then feel that soul-blackening resentment build up when that breakfast in bed is a tossed-together affair of burned toast and lukewarm coffee, and the only reason you even got that much is that you refused to get out of bed until somebody served you. Or maybe you’ll host a brunch for your own mother, or attend a breakfast in your honor, when what you’d really like is to just curl up in bed with a book and have everyone leave you alone for a while.

Basically the holiday is a nice idea that’s somehow morphed into a strange brew of unmet expectations, pressure, and  disappointment. Funny how that happens, isn’t it?

So what I want to say is this: Mother’s Day is yours, Mama. Whether eggs and bacon in bed are your thing or you want to spend the day wind-surfing…whether you want nothing more than a cuddle from your kids or long to escape to see a movie by yourself…the day is named in your honor, so you get to call the shots. The thing is, though, sometimes you have to put a little effort into making sure you get what you want, because I’ve realized that my family sometimes – okay, often – has a not-so-accurate idea of what might make me happy. 

So today, don’t feel awkward about putting forth requests, or if necessary, making a plan for yourself so that you can have the kind of day you really, really want tomorrow. Even if that plan consists of nothing more than “At precisely 1 PM, I will be retreating to my bedroom with a book, I will be shutting the door, and I wish to read undisturbed until 3 PM. The only interruptions that will be accepted will involve offerings of baked goods.”

Oh, and by the way? If sitting around reading a book tomorrow sounds heavenly to you, I hope you’ll consider buying a copy of Beyond Baby: A Week-By-Week Guide To Creating A Life You Love When Your Kids Aren’t So Little. If you want to find out more about the book, you can download FIVE free sample chapters:

There’s more information about the book, the free downloadable accompanying workbook, and links to download a PDF version on the official Beyond Baby page. In addition to some fantastic Amazon reviews, Beyond Baby has been creating a lot of buzz this week! Here are links to some reviews from around the blogosphere – check them out. People are really loving this book, which makes Sarah and I so proud. 

No matter what kind of day you have, I hope your Mother’s Day turns out to be just what you’re hoping for. Whether you do something exciting and grand…or nothing at all.   

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Chris K. (Disquisitive Mama) May 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

“Mother’s Day is yours, mama.” Exactly. Great post! I am a happy mom of two and an introvert. I ask for one day to be alone. I need time to recharge and be a better mom, so I am staying out in a hotel for the night. This is what I ask for every year. (Posted about my tradition of being alone too.) Thank you for respecting that moms should be able to ask for this without guilt and for writing and sharing it.

Happy Mother’s Day Meagan!


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