It's Mother's Day in the UK (in the US it's the second Sunday in May). It's a time to spoil your mum and tell her how much you appreciate her. However, why does it only have to be one day a year? Why not make a habit of treating your mum throughout the year. Here's how you can do it:
1. Set yourself a reminder - once a week send your mum a message or give her a ring. Just let her know you were thinking about her and how much she means to you. This weekly contact doesn't take much effort and will go a long way to reassuring her that she's always in your thoughts. It'll make you feel good too!
2. Give a gift - why not get in the habit of giving your mum a little present every week. We're not talking about something big or expensive. Just make it personal. If she's interested in celebrity gossip, buy her a magazine. If she like's the beach, go collect some shells for her. Make her a card, print her a photograph. Less money more effort!
3. Bake her something nice - regardless of your culinary skills, your mum will always appreciate the effort put into making something for her, even if it's totally inedible. Why not bake some buns then go round for a cup of tea and a catch up.
4. Foot loose - as your mom get's older, she'll appreciate a regular foot rub. You could also give her a mini pedicure whilst your there. You'll bond over skin to skin contact and you can also spend the time chatting.
5. Fix something - there is always something to fix about the house. Sometimes these jobs just go undone, especially if your parents are older. Give them a hour a week and offer to do any of those jobs they just aren't able to do anymore.
6. Don't forget grandmothers - if you are lucky enough to have living grandparents, you should make the same effort with them. Take them somewhere they wouldn't be able to get to. Every Friday I take my Nannie shopping at the local grocery store. She can get there herself, but with me tagging along she can get all the heavy things she normally avoids on her own.
The habit of connecting with loved ones is special and so important. Add it to your list of things to do every week and you won't regret it. A two minute phone call costs next to nothing but is priceless and something you'll be glad you started doing.