Mothers’ Day isn’t the only occasion when you can give your mom something that will warm her heart. One never needs an occasion to surprise their mother with gifts. These gifts do not always have to be elaborate and festive. The smallest actions, if done with sincerity and affection, can mean the world to your mother. After all, mothers always fulfil our needs; it wouldn’t hurt to return the favour. Who knows, you might even get a treat of your favourite sweets as a reward!
Here are some of the things that your mother wants from you but would never confess.
1. She wants you to acknowledge and thank her for what she does
For being the best mother. For making those delicious sweets. For helping with the homework. For being tough every time you went out of line. For wiping your tears. For praying for you. Sometimes mothers think that no one notices all their efforts. A ‘thank you’ for the little things is something they all love to hear, and not just on Mothers’ Day.
2. She wants to hear your praise
Let’s face it, we are all human beings. Sometimes, along with gratitude, a few words of praise does no harm. Tell your mother how much you admire her for being able to juggle all her roles. Tell her that you are in awe of her strength, her courage, her perseverance, her grace. Most of us know that children crave their mothers’ approval, but few of us realize that mothers want their children’s admiration as well. They want their children to be proud of their accomplishments. There is nothing sweeter to a mother’s ear than: “I want to be just like you”.
3. She wants you to own up to your mistakes
Your mother will only be angry with you till you accept your mistake. If mothers are blessed with any sixth sense, it’s their ability to detect hypocrisy. For that very reason, it’s so important to admit when you are wrong and offer an apology with a humble heart. If anything, it will make you gain your mother’s respect.
4. Do some household chores
Help your mother do the dishes. Volunteer to bring the groceries. Take the trash out. Why should mothers do the household work? Your mother will never tell you to help her but believe me, no one will be happier than her if you do so without any prompting.
5. Take her shopping
Surprise your mother one weekend by taking her shopping. Allow her to engage guilt-free in what she loves doing the most. And make sure that she gets things for herself as well. You’ll notice the joy in her face when you’re heading back home.
6. Take responsibility and initiative
Your mother has made you grow into a fine young man. As mush as she loves doting on you, she wants you to take initiative and be responsible. Pack your lunch, take a shower without her reminder, do your laundry and pay your bills on time. Once she sees that you are handling your own issues responsibly, she’ll be proud of her upbringing.
7. Don’t overlook her sickness
Mothers wait on us hand and foot whenever we are sick, yet they go about their own schedule when they are under the weather as if there’s nothing wrong with them. Your mother will obviously not own up to being sick because everything will come to a standstill if she decides to take some rest. But why should it be that way? The next time your mother is sick, volunteer to take her to the doctor and allow her a day off. Reassure her that you can fill in for her.
8. Be aware of her emotional needs
Mothers know how to be calm even in the face of tremendous adversity. They know that they hold the family together, hence they cannot break down during a crisis. This can lead to a lot of stress for her. As a son, you need to be aware of your mother’s emotions and in case things go south, offer her your shoulder to cry upon. Just as a mother holds her children together, we can also be her emotional outlet.
9. Talk to her about yourself
Mothers are always keen to know about the developments in their children’s lives. Of course they won’t be nosy about it, but they really appreciate it when they are actively involved in their children’s lives. Your mother will not make your decisions for you, but she can provide you valuable insight. So the next time you are planning to change jobs, or if you want to propose to a girl, let your mother know about it.
10. Remember to call her
Last but not the least, remember to call your mother on a regular basis and tell her how you are doing. Your mother will not want to nag you about calling but she keeps worrying about you. You can ease her tension by just calling her up and asking how she is doing. Trust me, that is all she would require.