1. Have the kids make her a valentine.
There is nothing that brings tender tears to a mom's eye than to receive a handmade card from a child. From the youngest scribble to a teenager's two word poem, it doesn't have to be fancy. You also don't need a lot of supplies, use what you have and get creative. A piece of paper can be folded and then cut to be a heart. With a pencil you can trace a small hand and then have the child color it. Show us what you come up with.
2. Arrive with a smile ready to help with something.
No matter who you are, if you are going to be visiting a mom. Put on your biggest smile and genuinely find an opportunity to help. You are bringing energy of support and a smile is contagious. Let us know how you have helped a mom.
3. Know a product she loves and buy it for her.
If you have a special mom in your life, watch around for her favorite products. Many moms have a favorite purse brand, food item, lotion products and/or clothing. If you don't know, you can always give a gift card for a service like a manicure, pedicure or massage. What are the favorite products of moms?
4. Make her a valentine card.
Adults being creative making a card can be one of the most heart-warming gifts to receive. It doesn't have to be Picasso. Add a nice note that conveys how they make you feel and how appreciative you are for them. If you do this, let us know.
5. Discuss a plan to give her an outing with you.
Moms need a break and sometimes this isn't easy to coordinate. Give her time to plan out an opportunity to take a day and/or evening off for some love and relaxation. Let her decide what she would like to do. Many of us don't realize how hard it can be when you are nursing and/or the CEO of a home to get away. Be patient and kind. Show us a photo of you and a mom out having fun.
Happy Valentine's Day to all the families!
Groceries and a Mom
Last night as I stepped up to pay for my groceries and saw the customer ahead of me was a mom. The cashier had the manager looking at her receipt and notifying her she had purchased the incorrect milk for her WIC voucher. She was getting ready to put everything back and get the correct milk when out of my mouth came "I can pay for it." and before I knew it the transaction was done on my credit card. She looked at me and said "You didn't have to do this.". I responded "Yes, I did. I've been where you are at.".
There were two thoughts that I had from this experience as I drove home.
1. How many of us are willing to help out a mom? Do we judge or think, yes I remember those days, bummer for you? Step up and commit to helping a mom. Kindness has many forms of currency.
2. Do people know that even though right now I can purchase the food I want to eat, there was a day as a single mom I didn't have those options? We don't know where people have come from or where they are going. Lets commit to stop shaming and judging moms.
Share your stories and let us see kindness in action.
Midwest Business Adventures, Goenner Consulting, LLC