Mother’s Day can be hard at the best of times. How to make this day special during a lockdown.
I remember dreading Mother’s Day when I was growing up. I know it’s a bit of an intimate revelation to make here since Poole Mumbler is all about keeping a positive outlook, but as an adult and a mum myself, I’ve become increasingly aware that many families share this feeling.
In my case, I grew up with a single mum and she had a tough time watching other families celebrate this special day without a partner by her side to make all the ‘fuss’ for her, buy presents on behalf of the kids or take her out for lunch. But there are many other reasons why this may be an emotional time for you. Especially during COVID-19. If this is you, please know you are not alone.
I thought it’d be a good idea to share with you ways in which you can still make this day special. No matter your current circumstances. Even if you have no budget to treat yourself. Or a partner. Or if you can’t spend time with your own mum this year. Just a few gems I’ve found in Poole that I’d love to share with you so you don’t have to do the research.
Take yourself on a date
What? Has Maria finally lost it? No, I haven’t… yet. If you are reading this, chances are you are a local mum yourself with young children. And it’s fair to say we mums have had a tough year. As I write this, I have my 7-year-old self-isolating at home after only two days back at school. A complete kick in the teeth! But we’ll get through it because that’s what us mums – and dads – do.
So even if it’s just this once, let’s treat ourselves how we’ve always wanted to be treated. Take yourself out on a lovely beach walk. Organise a little pamper session for yourself. Stay in bed all day reading a good book or binging on TV that YOU want to watch. Guilt-free. Even if you have to leave the kids with daddy all day. Or give them hours of screens. Even if you have to cheat on your new diet. A day with no rules!
A special treat
Do you want to mark the day with something special? I love getting a new piece of jewellery, or clothing item for special occasions. A silver ring that I wore for my graduation. Or a dress I wore for my son’s Christening. It doesn’t have to be expensive but every time I wear it, it reminds me of that time in my life and makes me smile. We will look back at 2020-21 and remember how strong we were. Even if we’ve had bad days. Who hasn’t? Here are a few cute ideas from #local businesses.
A new special mug by FAB Dorset. I love the Mama and Papa Bear ones.
Are you wanting to get fit? How about joining Cadbury Pilates online? Kate’s pilates is slowly making me feel like myself again after two pregnancies and helping me regain core strength.
No budget? I got you covered! How about committing to Adriene Mishler’s 30 days of Yoga? I’m half-way through and I love it! Most videos are under 30 minutes so time is not an issue.
Finally, how about a new Audiobook? I love listening to a good book while walking the dog or cooking dinner. You can always join a FREE trial and cancel if it’s not for you.
Don’t be afraid to ask
Something that I’ve had to learn later in my marriage is that, no matter how long we’ve been together, my husband can’t read my mind. It sounds obvious but I spent the first years of our relationship subconsciously expecting him to surprise me with exactly what I had in my head. After nearly 14 years together I’ve learned that it’s much easier for everyone if I just ask for what I want and need. And when he decides to truly surprise me, it’s worth so much more. So if there’s something that you’d like this Mother’s Day, just ask. Chances are your partner or children will be happy to hear it.
Put your feet up
How about a good food delivery while you put your feet up and sip some fizz? Here are a few local restaurants delivering in Poole this Mother’s Day.
Penn Central’s burgers are insanely good. And I hear their Sunday Roasts are pretty decent too.
We recently tried Kazoky Sushi and loved it. Definitely worth a try if you are a sushi lover.
Nudle Bar is a fave in our house. The kids love the Katsu chicken noodles. Daddy Mumbler and I love the grilled dumplings.
A special time with a special mummy
If you are missing your own mum – or mother figure in your life – organise a special call with them. It’ll probably make their year! I’ve included a few ideas below.
A virtual chocolate testing session. Check out these gorgeous ideas by Chococo.
A virtual cheese tasting session. Get some yummy stinky cheese at Renoufs.
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