One of the greatest things that a father can do for the mother of his children is to show his appreciation for her. Whether mom and dad are together or co-parenting apart, fathers expressing appreciation for mom, greatly benefits the mother, the father, and the child(ren).
Mom will feel appreciated for the balancing act that she gracefully performs every day, often sacrificing to ensure that the needs of others are met. Dad benefits as his displays of appreciation rebuild or deepen the bond and connection between him and the mother of his children. Finally, the child(ren) benefit by witnessing mom and dad uplifting and supporting one another, providing a strong example for their children’s future relationships.
This Mother’s Day, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) encourages all fathers to express appreciation of her value, daily sacrifice, and the essential role that mothers play in the lives of children and families. Below are some simple, cost effective ideas to consider to express appreciation for mothers on Mother’s Day:
Let the children help: Coordinate with the children to make mom a unique Mother’s Day card. Children love to be creative, so let them share in your excitement and desire to show mom appreciation.
Give her flowers: This is a nice way to say thank you.
Special Delivery: Coordinate with the children to prepare or order mom’s favorite breakfast on Mother’s Day!
Top 10: Write down 10 reasons that you appreciate mom. If you are in the same household, strategically place them throughout the house or in the car for her to “stumble upon” throughout Mother’s Day. If you are living apart, send them to her in a letter, e-mail, or text.
Value Pack: Make Mother’s Day a celebration for mom to remember. Create and maintain an atmosphere throughout the entire day that shows that you value the role that mom plays. Do the “little things” that make her feel valued (i.e. if she likes a clean house, clean the house; if her car needs washing, wash it).
Kenneth Braswell, Director, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse