Posts Tagged ‘celebrating’

Celebrating Me on Mother’s Day

Friday, April 29th, 2016

celebrating me on other's dayCelebrating Mother’s Day can look very different for different moms. Some will go out to brunch with their family. Some will spend the day doing a fun outing with the kids. Many moms will be so busy celebrating their mothers, grandmothers, or aunts that they will forget that the day is also about them.

As a stay-at-home mom who spends the majority of my waking hours with my children, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than spend Mother’s Day all by myself. I absolutely love being able to spend so much time with my children daily, but having a pampering day by myself seems like the most rewarding way to celebrate.

Last year, that is exactly what I did. It was a day of no diaper changes, no meal preparation and full of me-time. My day did however include many check-ins and nursing appointments with my 6-month-old daughter. I still managed to squeeze in several activities that were all about me. I started the day by taking myself out for a cup of fancy coffee. The mall was my next stop. My husband met me there with my kids so I could nurse my daughter while our son played in the mall play area. After nursing her, I went off by myself to explore the mall. To be honest, I felt a little lost without my kids in tow. My first instinct was to shop for clothes for my kids, but I stopped myself. I instead found a place in the mall to get a pedicure that took walk-in appointments. I enjoyed getting my feet pampered while watching the other mothers and daughters getting pedicures together. I made my way home to nurse my daughter before her nap and went jogging all by myself. It felt strange not pushing kids in a jogging stroller as I ran. The rest of the day consisted of relaxing in front of the TV and having dinner made for me. Celebrating me on Mother’s Day was the best gift I could give to myself to help me recharge for the year ahead.

This year, I think I will up the game and make an appointment for a massage!

Sarah Cole is a writer and stay-at-home mom of two busy toddlers who looks forward to pampering days.

When Your Child’s Birthday is on a Holiday

Friday, December 5th, 2014

I am sure you all remember having a childhood friend whose birthday fell on a major holiday. The upside is that it was easy to remember what day their birthday was! The downside was that perhaps their birthday got less attention because it was on a holiday.

My son’s birthday, December 5, happens to fall on Sinterklass, or Saint Nicolas Day. We live in the Netherlands, so this is the equivalent of having your birthday fall on Christmas Day in the States. It was hard enough having his birthday in the same month as Christmas, but now it’s on the very same day as a major holiday.

Here are a few things we plan to do to keep his birthday a special day even though it is shared with a major holiday.

1. Celebrate the birthday on a different day. Generally a birthday party occurs around the time of one’s birthday but rarely (due to scheduling and/or other logistics) on one’s actual birthday. In other words, it’s common to celebrate a birthday on a different day than one’s actual date of birth.20141126_202313

2. Give separate gifts. We have a birthday gift planned and a Sinterklass gift planned. One will be an obvious birthday present, wrapped in distinctively festive birthday paper while the other will be an obvious Sinterklass present wrapped in distinctive Sinterklass paper. Young children are quite concrete, so keeping the gifts separate will help them feel like that they got to enjoy celebrating both their birthday and the holiday.

3. Do at least one special “birthday thing” on the actual birthday. Even if a majority of the day will be filled with holiday-related events, doing just one special birthday activity will honor the day as your child’s day of birth. It could be making a special breakfast or going out for an ice cream cone. I plan to take my son on a lunch date for his birthday.

4. Tell his/her birth story. I have a tradition of telling my children their birth story on their birthdays. Again, this helps recognize and honor their special day.

What are some things you have done to celebrate your child’s birthday that falls on or during the holiday season?

Sarah Johnson is a crunchy mama to four boys. Her family feels blessed to currently live abroad in the Netherlands and enjoy exploring all it has to offer.