As a Mom and a teacher, I started thinking about this day and all the sweet crafts I've made in my classroom and received over the years from my own kids and I began to see a picture in my mind of what really mattered to me. My favorite thing has always been breakfast in bed. I also loved looking at the crafts with my kids that they had made for me. What I realized is that what has really mattered all along is the time. It wasn't the eggs and toast, it was the time and thought put into the gesture. It was the huge smiles on my kids' faces when they proudly brought in the tray. Then they would smile and say, "Enjoy your breakfast Mommy." and they would leave me with a little bell to ring should I need anything. How sweet!!! Then, they would go downstairs and allow me to eat in peace. :)
I think that at a young age, they realized how much their Mom did for them and knew that a little peace and quiet was nice. But then, they would return with the gifts that they made at school and they would sit on the bed and watch in anticipation as I opened each card and each gift. The gifts were beyond sweet and I shall cherish them. I really appreciated the time and effort the teacher put into these thoughtful gifts. As a teacher, I also realized and appreciated the money the teacher spent out of her own pocket to give this experience to her students year after year. I was always so happy to see my girls return and the time they spent with me sharing about their gifts.
Time. That is what I love. I have written about the gift of time before and my own experiences with my Mom. So it wasn't the breakfast per say. It wasn't the gifts per say. It was the time. The precious time and thought that went into each thing.
This year, I created an experience. The Game of Mom. This addresses both the loves that I know others must recognize. The selfless gestures of help and time. This game will give children the opportunity to create a game especially for their Mom all in the name of spending quality time together. Game night will never be SO meaningful!
There are 4 different game boards:
*Love and Affirmation
*Offers of Help
*Gifts from the Heart
Each game board comes in lovely pastel colors and black and white. (There is a game board spots where the spots are blank for students to personalize and color). I loved this idea because the colored game boards are also for you my teacher friends, to take home and play with your own children. :)
The color game boards can be printed on card stock and/or laminated and wrapped up with the Mother's Day card options (also included).
I decided to add a little more color and creativity to the game so I picked up pink vinyl placemats at the dollar store, some scrapbook stickers and a few tokens that I could use for game pieces just for fun. Kids can decorate their own placemat for mom to play the game on. When you flip it over, it's time for breakfast! I even picked up a tiny little treasure chest to keep the game pieces in. So much fun!
The beauty of these games is that everyone wins. For example - when Mom wins, she gets to choose the precious time activities. When you win, you get to choose the activities that you do with Mom. Win - win!
Not everyone has the blessing to celebrate Mother's Day so there are open-ended game and card options so that everyone can be part of the day.
Wishing all Moms and giving individuals a wonderful Mother's Day.