How to Treat Yo’Self This Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is our one shot at taking care of ourselves, mamas! Here's how to go big and TREAT YOSELF this year.

Moms, self-care is so important. We spend approximately 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, taking care of everyone else. Literally everyone. On my list this week were tasks for my husband, my mom, my mother-in-law, my son’s daycare teachers, my sister-in-law, my neighbor, oh, and my actual, paying J-O-B.

Where are we supposed to find room on that list for ourselves?

Mother’s Day. That’s our one shot. Our one day of the year to pass off the title of “lead parent” to someone–anyone–else, kick back, and TREAT YO’SELF.

Mother's Day is our ONE DAY of the year to be selfish, to think about only ourselves, to do everything for us, as moms. TREAT YO'SELF, MOMS!

Now, this can be tricky. After all, you do have a tiny leech raccoon dictator terrorist human who, for the most part, depends on you for survival. So, to make sure you get the full Mother’s Day treatment this year, follow this simple 5-step approach:

Step 1: Drop the Hint

“Oh wow, Mother’s Day is early this year… what should we send your mom, babe?” Be cool, be subtle, make sure he knows the time is nigh.

Then, as the day approaches – once you’re sure he knows that it is, in fact, approaching – start making it clear that you’re about to burn this mother down if you don’t get a break soon. Lots of huffing and puffing during chores, crashing onto the couch after the baby is asleep, rocking back and forth in the fetal position after particularly rough days… ya know, the usual.

Step 2: Survey the Land

It’s probably been a hot minute since you’ve actually even thought about yourself, let alone took care of it. So think about what you need. Might I recommend:

  • A massage
  • A mani-pedi
  • A facial
  • Reflexology
  • A bubble bath
  • A blow out
  • A nap
  • Lounging by the pool
  • Reading an actual book
  • Zoning out in front of the TV
  • Guzzling champagne
  • Taking a leisurely stroll through the Target Dollar Spot
  • Eating a complete meal while it’s still hot
  • Drinking a piping hot cup of coffee
  • Scrolling through Instagram for 6 hours
  • Eating junk food outside of the pantry
  • Sitting in your car in complete and utter silence
  • Fleeing to Mexico

The possibilities are endless, mamas. DREAM BIG.

Step 3: Make Your Escape Plan

This is your one chance, so don’t screw it up. Decide what you’re going to do, make an appointment, pick up supplies, arrange back-up childcare, gather numbers for take-out… do whatever you’ve gotta do to make sure the day goes off without a hitch.

Don’t leave this part up to your husband, unless he’s really good at this stuff and can be trusted to not ruin it. Mine actually is really good at this stuff, so I’m lucky enough to just seed ideas and watch them blossom from afar (letting him think he came up with them himself… it’s a beautiful thing).

If you’re going to enjoy your one day of the year – don’t let the logistics fall to the wayside.

Step 4: Drop the Bomb

Now that you’ve done all the prep work, it’s time to drop the bomb on your husband. You may wanna give him a few days notice, or you may wanna drop it last minute so he doesn’t have time to make an excuse – you know what kind of weasel you married, so you be the judge.

Regardless, here’s roughly how that conversation’s going to go:

Mom: “Hey hun, you know how Mother’s Day is next week?”

Dad: “Wha–ye… yeah. Next week? Yeah. Knew that.”

Mom: “I’m gonna take the day and pamper myself.”

Dad: “Wait, next week?”

Mom: “Yes, Sunday, Mother’s Day.”

Dad: “OK, but…”

Mom: “Yep, isn’t that a great idea?”

Dad: “Mm hmm… Is the baby going with you?”

Mom: “Nope.”

Dad: “Who… where’s the baby going to be?”

Mom: “With you. His other parent.”

Dad: “But I–okay… how long will you be gone?”

Mom: “A while.”

Dad: “…”

Mom: “…”

Dad: “…okay.”

He might pout for a little bit, but he’ll get over it. He’ll embrace it once he remembers Father’s Day is right around the corner, and he can cash in on his own dad’s day out.

Step 5: TREAT YO’SELF

This is it! The big day! Your moment! Do the damn thing! Rest, relax, recharge, rejuvenate, all those “re” buzz words… do ’em all. Let the day be all about you, guilt-free. Let the laundry, the dishes, the toys, the chores, the lists all pile up. It’s going to be fine. Mother’s Day is your day. Enjoy it to the fullest. TREAT. YO. SELF.

Mother's Day is our one day of the year, moms. We get to be pampered, relaxed, and spoiled.

18 Comments

  1. Bahahahaha! This made me laugh. Thankfully my hubby is really good at giving me a break whenever I ask. 🙂 He even asks me what I’d like for Mother’s Day.

    • Lucky girl! Mine is actually pretty good too… I just have too much fun giving him a hard time

  2. Oh my goodness, when I read the caption for your post all I could think of was Parks and Rec! Treat yo-self! I love it. Great ideas!

  3. Your conversations with husband are similar to mine. Lol. He would add in a “dont you want to spend the day with your family?” Uh, no dear. No. I do not.

  4. I love this – especially the part about guzzling champagne, eating junk food outside the pantry, and browsing the dollar spot at target. Yasssss! Sounds like my perfect Mother’s Day!

  5. Wow, can’t believe this is just next week…been too worried about what to do for my mom that I haven’t even thought about what I needed! Better start dropping those hints!

  6. Love this! Definitely a day to treat yourself. I love the conversation with your husband. And I totally have to plan the day myself because my hubby is not all that great at it. But, he does a great job at taking the boys anytime I ask.

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