Plan a Family Gathering
Throw a Mother’s Day party to celebrate all the mothers in your family. You may also wish to invite your friends and their mothers. Ask everyone to bring their own dish – their mom’s favorite. When it’s time to eat and everybody is sitting down, have each person say what makes her or his mom so wonderful.
Play a “Who knows their mom best?” Game
During your party, divide people into mother/child teams. Have the mothers leave the room while the children remain seated. Ask each child the same four or five questions about her or his mother, and have them write down the answers. Next, switch places – send the children out the room while the mothers answer the same questions about themselves. Get everyone back together and share the answers, to see how well the teams did. The team with the most matching answers wins!
Create a Family Tree
Step 1. Have your child trace back your family’s roots as far as he or she can.
Step 2. Then, have your child interview the living mothers, asking them questions about what motherhood is like and what’s great about that person’s family.
Step 3. On a sheet of colored construction paper, have your child draw a tree leaf about the size of a hand – one leaf for each mother – and then cut out all the leaves, using children’s scissors. Next, have your child write the name of a mother on a leaf, along with a sentence summarizing that person’s mothering experience. Next, make a hole in each leaf, pull a 6-inch piece of string through each hole, and tie a loop at the top of the leaf.
Step 4. Invite your child to make a tree on construction paper or decorate a small tree in your yard or home with all of the handmade leaves.
“The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”
—Oliver Wendell Holmes