Mother’s Day used to be simple. But now that you’re a parent you not only have to worry about what to get for your mum, but you have to think about your partner as well.
Adjusting to your new sense of being as a parent can be difficult, so the thought of having to organize your partner’s first Mother’s Day may seem a bit daunting. Here are a few tips to help you through the day.
- You’re expected to give on behalf of your child. It’s a no brainer, but you may need reminding: a baby can’t buy gifts or write a card without your help! Once the child gets older, you’ll be able to work on making gifts together, but for now, it’s all down to you.
- Communicate. What does your partner really want for Mother’s Day? Perhaps all she’d like is to just take a break from the main bulk of the childcare so she can have some well earned ‘me time’. Talk to her beforehand to find out.
- Don’t break the bank. Remember, the main point of Mother’s Day is to show your love and appreciation, not to go bankrupt. Try and come up with a novel and cost-effective way to show how much you care. Why not frame your child’s handprint or give your partner a photo book full of the pictures of her pregnancy and first months with the child?
- Acknowledge her role as a partner as well as a mother. Outside of her role as a mother, there are many other things your partner does for you. If possible, find a babysitter and schedule some couple time.
- Don’t forget your mother and your in-laws!
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