Mothering Sunday is fast approaching and, as I wrack my brain trying to think of an alternative to the usual flowers that my mum will actually like and/or use, my children are probably wondering what wonderful gifts to bestow upon me this year.
Actually, they probably aren’t.
And that’s fine by me because (and now I really am going to sound like my mother), I’d rather they saved their money. For one thing, ten of them are too young to be earning any and the remaining three aren’t exactly wealthy… yet.
It’s lucky for them that the things I really want for Mother’s Day have nothing to do with money.
Here is my Mother’s Day list:
- For everyone to tidy up after themselves without being asked, told, instructed, warned or yelled at – (this applies to all children still living at home and Steph if she is visiting)
- A little bit of peace and quiet… – (this applies to all children still living at home)
- …or a lot of peace and quiet – (if Steph is visiting)
- Not to get everyone wound up and hyper then leave me to bring them down from the walls – (applies to Steph if she’s visiting)
- To have a cup of tea without being asked/huffed at/murmured about under breath – (Cait)
- Or simply, for once, to remember the day itself and send me a text or a call to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ on the day itself and not to ask me two months later when Mother’s Day is – (Ben)
It’s never a question of money to me which my children are probably quite relieved about, but what about everyone else? How much – or how little – do people spend on their mothers for Mother’s Day?
According to a recent survey carried out by Lottosend a whopping 29.2% of their respondents claim to spend less than £10 on their mothers, with 4% claiming to spend £120 or more and 0.2% spending under a pound!
Should Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday) not be about how much you spend, but about the things you do?
Anna Jarvis is credited for the creation of Mother’s Day in America which unlike the UK is marked on the second Sunday of May, following a campaign after her mother died on May 9th. Jarvis herself was unimpressed by the increasing commercialisation of Mother’s Day, stating that: ‘A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone else in the world.’
Does it matter how much you spend on mum for Mother’s Day or do actions and thoughts speak louder than gifts?