What's Your Perfect Mother's Day Wake-Up Call?
Mom-of-three, Bryony Sutherland, ponders her perfect Mother's Day wake-up call...
Ahh… weekend breakfasts in bed. Do you remember them? Coffee, orange juice, maybe a croissant if you’re feeling naughty; muesli if you’re not (and you don’t mind eating carefully to avoid slopping milk and raisins on the bedclothes). The bliss of having the whole day stretching ahead of you, not a care in the world. Maybe you’ll finish your breakfast, lie back and fall into a contented reverie, recharging your batteries after a tough week at the office/university/travelling the globe ‘finding’ yourself.
Maybe you’ll curl up with that page-turner you couldn’t put down last night and discover what finally became of the tortured heroine. Maybe you’ll snuggle up to your loved one, turn on the TV and be soothed by blissfully mindless light entertainment, punctuated with bursts of canned laughter.
Ahem. Snap out of it.
You have kids, remember? Breakfasts in bed are sadly a thing of the past, replaced entirely with early morning wake-up calls (‘Mu-uum, I’ve wet the bed!’, ‘Mu-uum, I’ve had a bad dream!’, ‘Mu-uum, my brother hit me and says he’ll never play with me, ever again!’). Of course, when I say ‘early morning’, by this please understand I am being hopelessly optimistic; we all know the above can happen at any stage after 10pm. However, you have a trump card to play this weekend: it’s MOTHER’S DAY.
For all the hapless fathers and other partners out there, this is what Mother’s Day means now you are not solely beholden to your own matriarch, with a hasty last-minute gift of garage flowers and a slightly faded card, several years past its sell-by date.
We want – and deserve – PEACE.
Let us lie in for once. Scoop up the kids as and when they arise, deposit them in front of the television (or even better, busy them with crayons, card and instructions to make mummy the most wonderful mother’s day card ever) and get the kettle on. Allow us as much time asleep as you can physically bear, then prepare something vaguely edible, place it on a tray and tiptoe upstairs with the kids following quietly behind. Knock a few times in warning, then come in and allow the children to gently wake us up – kisses and cuddles as opposed to a sudden, painful leap onto our bellies.
Let all offerings be presented (and don’t for one minute think a shop-bought card rivals the artistic efforts of our progeny), then be prepared to vacate the premises if we’d prefer to breakfast alone. That’s what we want on Mother’s Day. And guess what, it’s only three months until Father’s Day, so don’t worry, you’ll get yours!
5 Top Tips For Breakfasts In Bed
1. Flowers are always a welcome addition to our breakfast tray. Why not send the kids out to the garden first thing to pick a few (without destroying any prized displays) and place some in a vase, or even a teacup?
2. If your children are old enough to involve themselves in making the breakfast, then that’s a lovely touch (as long as they’ve washed their hands first). Delegate age-appropriate jobs under close supervision (buttering toast, spreading jam, pouring juice, etc.) and let the kids enjoy pampering mom for a change.
3. It’s only Mother’s Day once a year, so why not present us with a nice glass of bubbly? Buck's fizz combines the sparkle of champagne with the added vitamin C of orange juice, so what could possibly be better? Just don’t expect us to drive afterwards.
4. If you buy us chocolates, realise the kids are likely to want some too, so either make it clear that this is Mummy’s Very Special Present and she is not expected to share, or buy a box big enough to go round the whole family (let mom at least choose first though).
5. Don’t stop at breakfast. Give us the whole day off cooking please. Plan a nice lunch and easy dinner and be prepared to cook for us. We’ll love you for it, we promise!
What's your favourite way to spend Mother's Day? Leave a comment below and let us know!