Traditions are important to build into family life. Creating memories, promoting family bonding, helping to establish identify and giving a sense of security are a few of the benefits of instituting family traditions. Creating Mother’s Day traditions can be one way to develop a rhythm in your family life. I want to share with you our family Mother’s Day tradition that has worked to achieve the kind of family memories and unity I am describing. I also want to give you some ideas of traditions that might fit your family well.
My family goes to the horse races. My mom grew up going to the horse races, and for her it became a nostalgic memory. Going to the races wasn’t something I grew up with as a child, but when we became adults we established this as our Mother’s Day tradition. I would estimate we have been doing this together for 10 years. For my side of the family, this time at the races has not only made it easy on the planners of Mother’s Day, but we have so many fun memories from these events. For the kids, they love to see the horses, ride the ponies, dip their hand in wax or jump in the bouncy castle. We are not generally a betting family. This is probably the only event where you will see us spend money in this way. However, we allot about $20 each to bet on the horses. With little experience, we are often consulting the pamphlets or choosing our horse based on favorite name or which one looks spritely after visiting the stable area. That’s part of the fun. We bond over food, cheering on our favorite horse for each race and strolling around the grounds in the sunshine. We love it, and it will always be engrained in our minds as a wonderful experience to be had by all.
While I tell you about our experiences at the horse races, I in no way want to imply that this is the tradition everyone should adopt. My husband’s family joined us there one year, and it was not their thing at all. They never embraced the idea to join us again, which was fine because it didn’t breath life into their family. That said, we do a family brunch with them, and we love that time too.
I wanted to give you some resources to help create your own family traditions. Perhaps going to the races does sound fun. However, it is not for everyone or may not be an option in your area so I wanted to provide you with other ideas. Just so you have a heads up, Mother’s Day this year is May 10th, so if you haven’t started planning yet, you might want to jump on it. I will help brainstorm some Mother’s Day ideas to help spark your own creativity for establishing something special to do with your mom on Mother’s Day.
Spa Morning: Why not send the moms out to the spa that morning while everyone else makes brunch? It would be a great tradition for moms to get a massage, nails done or facial. While the moms in the family get the relaxation time, everyone else works to make a meal together, creating your own bonding time. Moms might enjoy some time away but then love coming back to enjoy family bonding at home. You can do games, food, movies, play in the yard or whatever fits the heartbeat of your family.
Dining Out: Mother’s Day restaurants get filled up, so make sure to get your reservation in early. I am talking about family traditions here, so why not find a special place you love that you reserve for visitation only on Mother’s Day? Many local restaurants have an annual Mother’s Day brunch. Pursue the options in your area.
Horse Back Riding: If horses struck a chord in you, but you are not convinced you’d want to spend a day at the races, why not look into making horse back riding a family tradition. If the moms in your life love animals, this might be a perfect and fun family choice.
Outdoor Activity: Do you have an outdoorsy mom? If you do, why not look for a local outdoor experience you could take part in? Some outdoor adventure ideas include, kayaking, sailing excursions, picnics in the park, hiking, river rafting, or simply have a traditional scenic walk you take every year. For some moms, this outdoor experience will feed their soul.
Different moms come in different packages. Establishing family traditions that speak to your mom’s heart is the key. You might also enjoy the post I wrote about trying to fulfill your mom’s love language on Mother’s Day. It’s another post that can get your thoughts going about how to gift for the individual. I hope this post helped you begin to think about the possibility of starting family traditions that you’ll be able to pass on to your own kids.
If one of the traditions I mentioned today sounds interesting, a great place to look to find discounts for experiences, restaurants, gifts, and events is Groupon. Groupon can help you make the traditions you establish more affordable with great offerings. Searching through their Groupon’s Mother’s Day Gift Shop might inspire more ideas for your family. I want to share with you some great things happening at Groupon.
- Mother’s Day $0 Deal for 1 Year’s Worth of Spa Days on Groupon and Mother’s Day $0 Deal for Groupon’s Apple Watches Giveaway – There are 2 Mother’s Day $0 Deal Giveaway items at Groupon right now. The first is a year’s worth of spa days on Groupon AND they have 2 Apple Watch giveaways. You should head over to find out how to enter to win.
- Groupon has put together a mom panel video featuring a number of your favorite bloggers, and I happen to be in the video. It was fun to be able to talk openly with Groupon about being a mom. I would love you to check it out here: Mother’s Day Campaign.
Happy Mother’s Day!! A mother’s work so hard, and they often don’t get acknowledged enough for all they do. I really hope you will find a tradition that creates the family bonding I spoke of, but also really honors mom in a way that feels special to her.