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The Timeless Tradition of Mother's Day

This year, Mother's Day will be different. As we prepare to celebrate, honor and appreciate that special person in our lives on Mother's Day, it may not look and feel the way it has been in the past.

However, this timeless tradition of showing gratitude doesn't go away, it just evolves.  It’s more important than ever before to show that special woman in our lives just how much they mean to us. It’s likely mom has been working overtime or is separated from her children as we all shelter in place.

From simple acts of kindness, virtual or social distance activity or just taking time to relax and destress, this Mother's Day can be filled with appreciation, self-care and love. 

 

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Here are some ideas: 

Breakfast in Bed

Whether it is her favorite takeout meal delivered or the family made a recipe together, enjoying the first meal of the day in bed feels like a holiday. 

Homemade cards

Everyone enjoys homemade gifts and cards. Our preschool lesson plan included a special Mother's Day gift ideas: Handprint Oven Mitt or Birdhouse Feeder.

Family Activity

Spending time enjoying a family activity together can include going for a walk or watching a movie together. 

Virtual Visits

There are so many options for using video to catch up and show her you care. If you can't use a video conferencing app like FaceTime, Zoom, Duo or HouseParty, the telephone will do.

Other gifts 

During this pandemic, there have been some online options for delivery of flowers or custom gifts. There are also charitable donations that can be made in her honor. The YMCA of Long Island is accepting donations for our critical emergency services like emergency child care for first responder families. LEARN MORE.

SELF-CARE IDEAS FOR MOM

Taking the time to re-energize, means you are taking the time to be your best self. 

Exercise

We all know exercise keeps us healthy, but did you know it is also a stress reliever as well as immune system booster? There has never been a better time than to get outside for a walk, take that Y @ Home LIVE Facebook Fitness class. Every day counts....and you will feel better. 

De-stress/Meditate

With moms bearing even more stress during the pandemic, finding time to de-stress is crucial. Meditating can be as little as 2 minutes but requires focus and discipline. We have weekly meditation classes you can access for FREE on our Y @ Home LIVE Facebook Fitness class. Now you can practice zen from your living room!

Practice Gratitude

The act of practicing gratitude helps you focus on the things you are thankful for. This simple act practiced a couple of times each day has proven to increase happiness. When you are stressed, take a deep breath and think of something you are truly grateful for. 

Relax

We know this is easier said than done! Whether this means setting up breakfast the night before so you don't have to cook, or enlisting the kids to handle cleanup, it's time for you to relax. Take a bath, light a candle, listen to music, or lounge outside. This is the day to be creative and find ways to relax!

 

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