Let her know how her advice helped you
Alright, sure. There may be times when she weighs in her opinion when you didn’t ask. But whether it’s through verbal advice or living by example, mothers have a lot of wisdom to offer. Tell her about times when you thought, “What would my mom do in this situation?” She’ll be grateful that she made a difference.
Call her . . . and let her know when you’ll call again
Mom probably won’t call at an inconvenient time for you if you tell her you’ll call her again. And try to use video messaging whenever you can.
Help her with chores
How many times did she cave and pick up your toys after asking you a dozen times? Now that you’re older, let her know you’ve finally learned to do chores by helping her around the house. Wash the car, make dinner, mow the lawn, or help her organize a closet to pay back for the years that she did that for you.
Gather the family
As children grow older, getting the whole family together can be difficult. Still, parents love seeing everyone together, if only for a few days here and there.
Write it down
Your mother will keep a heartfelt letter from you showing your appreciation just like she kept your art projects from when you were five years old. If you’re not much of a writer, write a list of things you love about her or print out some quotes that remind you of her.
Go on a girls trip
Travel somewhere with just each other. You’ll make memories that will actually make you healthier.
Say “thank you” the moment she does something for you
Instead of waiting until Mother’s Day to show gratitude, recognize the moments where she tries to help and let her know you appreciate what she does for you.