May 12, 2024 - News

🀲🏽 Giving your mom the gift of time

Illustration of a mom tulip hugging a kid tulip bud.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

There's a free and procrastinator-friendly Mother's Day gift we can give to our moms and maternal figures: TIME.

Why it matters: The gift of time can look different for different moms.

A mother of young children might be looking for free time β€” a day of relaxation away from the constant responsibilities of parenting. A mother of adult children might want quality time β€” a no-phones brunch or a long phone call, the New York Times notes.

  • Anticipate the needs of the mothers in your life: Offer to babysit or make a reservation for a family meal.
  • Keep the gift going year-round: Offer future child care help or schedule a weekly catch-up call.

The big picture: As Axios' Finish Line has shown, some of the most effective ways to brighten someone's day are quite basic: deep listening, unprompted phone calls and handwritten thank-you notes.

Emerging trend: Many of those surveyed are celebrating more people on Mother's Day than they used to.

  • Teachers, neighbors, aunts and family friends who act as mother figures provide many of us with love, care and support. Many of us are choosing to honor those relationships.

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