Posted 26 Nov 2016 01:23 PM

This year on Mothers Day, wouldn’t it be nice to get what you really want?
Mother’s day is supposed to be a day to celebrate us, and everything we do the other 364 days of the year. This year, instead of spending your Sunday rushing around trying to frantically check items off of your ever-growing-never-dwindling checklist, wouldn’t it be nice to just slow down, take a breath and truly enjoy the day?

Every year, my children ask me what I would like for Mothers Day, and every year, they buy or make me something (emphasis on thing…) nice. But truth be told? It’s never what I really want.

For me, it is the simple things that matter the most. Here is my real Mothers day wish-list. I’m willing to bet you are wishing for the everything on it too. 😉

Mothers Day Wish #1: Time alone with each of my children.
With three kids, it can be hard to balance work, errands, household chores and one-on-one time with each of my kids. On the busy days, I feel like the drive to school and sitting down for dinner can be enough Mom-time, but it really isn’t so… What I really want is quality one-on-one time to strengthen the bonds I have with each of my children and offer them an opportunity to open up to me.

Mothers Day Wish #2: An hour to read together.
Reading offers the wonderful experience of bonding with your kids in addition to the rare joy of being listened to ;). Whether you decide to read them to sleep, or they decide to read to you, it will surely be a special moment shared together away from the usual distractions of life.

Mothers Day Wish #3: A routine Sunday morning activity.
Whether it is church or a Sunday morning walk, I find that as my children get older, they would rather sleep in on a Sunday morning than spend time together as a family. This would be a great way to know in advance that I will be getting special family time in, and give us all something to look forward to throughout the week.

Mothers Day Wish #4: A list of things they love about me.
Every year on our anniversary, my husband and I make a list of things we love about each other for every year we have been together. It can be a great opportunity to not only reflect on the little things that matter, but always serves as a reminder that we truly mean the world to each other. I would love to get a list like this from my children, not only to know I am doing something right, but also to stow away and look at on my tougher days as a Mother.

Mother Day Wish #5: An imaginative kid story.
Kids can be so creative, and their imaginations can often lead to places us adults could never dream of. If your child is too young to write, they can tell you a story and you can write it down for them or record it.

Mothers Day Wish #6: Real conversation.
Sometimes in the daily grind of life, I find I truly don’t get enough of this. Routine can take over and before we know it the day has been eaten by individual responsibility… I would love, even if just on Mothers day, to have the opportunity to sit down and have a real, bonafide (ahem, technology-free) conversation.

Mothers Day Wish #7. A heartfelt poem.
One year on Mothers day, I did this for my own Mother and she cherishes it to this day.

Mothers Day Wish #8. Peace.
I can’t remember the last day that the whole family got along seamlessly. Whether it’s a spat that happens (big or small) between siblings, one between me and my husband, or one between us and the kids, it always seems like there is something to argue about. On Mothers day, it would be wonderful if we could all get along, laugh, and hug and kiss each other before going to bed.

Mothers Day Wish #9: No technology for a day.
I find that on many family holidays, while we may all cancel other commitments and spend the day together at home, it is easy enough for us to all be in different rooms (or even the same room…) simply looking at our personal devices zoning out on games, social media, texting or emails. Even though I have the OurPact application to block my kids mobile devices, I would love to have no video games or TV time either. Just distraction-free family time.

Mothers Day Wish #10: An hour of Me-O’Clock.
I have to admit, life as a Mom can sometimes leave me exhausted. A little alone time on Sunday to simply sit back with a book, take a hot bath, or even *gasp* sleep in, could go a long way.

Mothers Day Wish #11: To create and cherish lasting memories.
The days are long, but the years are short…. Sometimes it feels like my kids are growing up so darn fast that it is all just becoming a blur. Memories are what will sustain me when they leave the nest to pursue their own lives, but I would love to create more and cherish (and photograph) the moments while they are happening.

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