Motherhood is among the toughest jobs in the world. No one encapsulates sacrifice, love, selflessness, and affection as much as a mother does. The sacrifices of a mother cannot be explained quantitatively. Family is the backbone on which human civilization rests, and the backbone of the family is the mother. Among the best gifts humankind has received from God, a mother is probably at the top.
But how often do we treat our mothers with the kind of love and respect they deserve? It is sad that mothers are also taken for granted in society; their selflessness is not valued enough. The sacrifices of a mother cannot be comprehended by the common man because understanding them has to come from a place of motherhood itself. Today, we are going to celebrate motherhood and find ways in which we can express appreciation for our mothers.
How to Show Appreciation for Mothers?
We celebrate Mothers’ Day every year to show our love and appreciation for all the troubles mothers undertake worldwide. However, do we have to just do that on Mothers’ Day itself? Why can we not make it a tradition to celebrate every day as Mother’s Day?
After all, a mother is never off duty, even on a day that is supposed to be about celebrating her. It seems extremely superficial if we do not appreciate this person all year round and only bring up the issue when Mothers’ Day arrives. And believe me; your mother does not appreciate it either, even though she will never say this to you.
The good thing is, to honor the sacrifices of a mother, you need not have to perform any grand acts. Little things here and there can make a big difference for your mother and show her how well you know her. Are you thinking of ways to show your appreciation for the sacrifices made by a mother? We have you covered. Here are some ways in which you can show your gratitude to your mother for everything she does.
1. Work Around the House
A mother works around the house all day, and cleaning is one of the daily activities that every household has to do. The sacrifices of a working mother are not limited to working outside her home. She also has to do everything around the house once she comes back from work. Can you imagine what a great deal of pressure this can have on a person?
Once every week, volunteer to clean the house yourself. This is the bare minimum anyone can do to honor the sacrifices of a mother, considering she works around the house every other day. If, by doing this, you can free up even an hour of her schedule, she will be sure to repay your gratitude in the best way possible.
Take a day out of the week to do all the cooking and laundry as well. Take your mother’s help if you need it, of course, but make it your objective not to let her shoulder the entire burden of the household for that day. The sacrifice of a mother for her child is invaluable, and this is just a little way to show your appreciation and gratitude. Surely, one day per week would not be that much work? (And if it is, imagine what it must be for your mother, who does this every day, year after year.)
2. Allow Her to Rest
A mother rarely rests well enough because she carries the household on her back. She wakes up earlier than everyone else and is also the one who goes to sleep after everyone else. She normally works even on days when she is feeling under the weather. We cannot even imagine what it must be like to do all of this on our own.
The sacrifices of a mother cannot be counted, so one thing you can do is give her an off day. The term ‘housewife’ does not mean a woman is unemployed because she does all the work in the house, which is quite a full-time position. Let her take one day off and sleep in. Chances are, she will vehemently refuse the offer, but deep down, she will be extremely thankful. Do not let her talk you out of it, and just tell her to rest.
3. Give her Enough Space
We all get overwhelmed with our everyday lives. So, can you imagine what it must be like for a mother who does the same thing every other day? It is only natural that she will feel overwhelmed and tired after a while. At moments like this, it is important to give her some space.
All human beings need some alone time to recharge themselves and get back to work in better shape. Mothers require this too. After all, mothers sacrifice everything, not just for their kids but for their whole family.
Whenever you feel that your mother appears frustrated or gets irritated easily, give her some space. Do not pester her about things to do; instead, try to help her while she works. This is the bare minimum we can do to show our appreciation for the sacrifices of a mother, right?
4. Allow Her to Take Care of Herself
Have you ever noticed whenever your mother cooks something special, she takes the smallest portion of it? Or that she always cooks the food that everyone else likes but rarely makes her favorite dishes? These are some of the sacrifices of a mother that often go unnoticed, and this should not be the case. Do not let your mother feel alienated from her interests just because she has to look out for you. Make an effort to learn what she likes, and give her the bandwidth to engage in her hobbies and take care of herself.
If she likes reading novels, get her some of her favorites and give her the afternoon off to relax and read. If she likes to eat something special, surprise her by cooking it yourself. Let her engage in her hobbies. After all, we love doing things that give us happiness, so why should she feel left out?
5. Let her Feel Your Love for Her
Mothers do not require grand gestures to feel appreciated. As we have mentioned, any of the aforementioned steps will go a long way in making sure your mother feels good about herself. However, that does not mean she will not appreciate a grand gesture sometimes.
The thing is, she will expect these on special days such as her birthday, her anniversary, or even Mothers’ Day. She will be pleasantly surprised if you show her your gratitude on normal days. After all, the sacrifices of a mother are uncountable, so the least we can do is surprise her with a gift, right?
If your mother is fond of jewelry, make sure to get her something nice every once in a while when she least expects it. This will add to the element of surprise and make her feel happier than ever. It will show her that you do not require the stamp of a special day to make her feel happy. This is the least we can do to try and repay the love and sacrifice of a mother.
Have you noticed how a mother never shows you her weakness? She always stands strong in all situations and shields her family. No matter what happens, she never loses her cool and always finds solutions, even in the most difficult circumstances. Qualities such as this can only be brought about by motherhood because it equips a woman to take care of someone before herself.
Selflessness is the very pillar of motherhood, and the sacrifices of a mother cannot be imagined by people like us. We have never been in her shoes, but we can always empathize with her and try to make her day a little better.
As we mentioned already, your mother probably does not need grand gestures on Mother’s Day. She would like it more if you made a small effort every day.
Appreciate your mother. Show her you love her. Tell her how much she means to you. Surprise her with gifts. Help her with the housework and listen to her when she feels overwhelmed. Most people, unfortunately, take their families and mothers for granted, but they certainly regret it later in their life.
The sacrifices of a mother simply cannot be expressed in words. It can only be demonstrated in the everyday acts of love that she does for her family members. We can also do our bit to show her how valued and important she is to our lives, right?