May 12th is Mother’s Day. If your family is anything like mine, all those subtle reminders in advertising all over the place will completely go over their heads until the day before when you finally say to them, “You know, tomorrow is Mother’s Day.” That statement is usually met with the sound of crickets and blank stares. Whether your family has that same kind of reaction or goes all out for you, they might need some hints about what homeschool moms really want for Mother’s Day.
Since most homeschool moms I know tend to wear many hats — counselor, teacher, chief cook and bottle washer, nurse, nuturer — it’s a safe bet that she will like a gift from one or all of the following categories:
Books (or gift cards to buy them): I haven’t met a homeschooling mom yet who doesn’t love books!
Office supplies: paper, pens, pencils, glue, and any of the little odds and ends that make managing the school day run more smoothly.
Organizers: Be it plastic storage containers or file folders or a daily planner, homeschool moms can generally use some help with organization of all the the things required to make home and school work together.
A laminator and/or comb-binder: There are many different kinds of these available, but any of them would make a neat toy tool for a homeschool mom.
Flowers: Even homeschool moms can’t be practical all the time, so brighten her day with some pretty flowers.
Jewelry: A ring or necklace with all of your children’s birthstones is a good choice for many homeschool moms.
Home decor: Since home is both school and living quarters for homeschool moms, get her something pretty to look at while she’s at home all day. Some wall art, a decorative calendar, or a favorite Bible verse or saying done in vinyl wall decals are all possibilities that can make her daily environment more relaxing and inspiring.
A manicure/pedicure: I’ve never personally had a manicure or pedicure, but I sure would like to try them. A gift card for a spa day would be a nice treat for homeschool moms.
Some alone time to recharge: Homeschool moms dedicate their lives to being at home with the kids all the time, which is a wonderful vocation that we generally wouldn’t trade for the world. However, even Jesus took some time to go off alone to pray and have quiet time. Homeschool moms need some of that same kind of time to refill their hearts and souls with all that they pour out for their families.
A daily devotional book and prayer journal: Devotionals are a good way for a homeschool mom to make sure she finds some time each day to spend time with the Lord. A prayer journal will help her record thoughts just for her own spiritual growth.
A pat on the back: Homeschool moms don’t get reviews or raises, but they deserve to hear some praise and appreciation just to encourage them on this important journey. Have you hugged a homeschool mom today?
There’s a bit of the practical, pretty, and profound in all homeschool moms. Happy Mother’s Day!