Write your mom a letter and list 25 things you love about her. She will most likely frame this and nothing will make her day feel more right.
Tell your mom you are taking her on a "momcation". A momcation is typically a getaway for mom. Since you are busy with your own life, and when you are at home you are talking on the phone or doing homework, planning to get away with "just her" will make her feel special. It doesn't have to be overnight or expensive. Her momcation could be lunch at the park (make sure you make it), a coffee talk, even just a walk around the block -- anything that gets you alone with mom where you are actively engaging with her.
Make her favorite dinner or brunch at home (invite your dad and siblings too or invite her best friend). Moms love showing off their thoughtful teen.
If you are the artistic type, sketch a picture, make a mug or a pot for plants. You could write her a song and then perform it for her. Moms watched and encouraged your interests while you were growing up, so they delight in seeing "hints" of the past in what you are doing now.
This is the most difficult one, but maybe the most important. If you feel that you have been disengaged or moody as of late, talk to your mom and try to explain what has been going on. No one will ever forgive or welcome your confession more than mom.
No matter what you do with your mom (wizard) on Mother's Day, make sure you think about what she would like. No one has a mom like yours and what you decide may not be what Hallmark recommends, but it will be what she loves best! Have a wonderful day with your mom.
Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl's Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.
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