Attention Kids and Dads: 10 Things Mom REALLY Wants For Mother's Day

Prior to becoming a mother, I thought Mother's Day was all about showering mom with love, hugs and kisses, while following her around, all day. 

Oh. How. Wrong. I. Was. 

Now that I'm a mother, I've realized that's the last thing I want. And after talking to a few friends, and starting a conversation on the First Time Mom And Dad Facebook page, it's clear that's the last thing most ALL moms want. 

What's more, moms don't want gifts as much as they want the following 10 things... (Thank you to the readers, FB Fans and friends who helped me put this FABULOUS list together. I know I sure want all ten for Mother's Day!)

All mom wants for Mother's Day is:

1. To finish a cup of coffee while it's still hot. Translation: Leave mom alone until she's finished with her coffee. Every. Last. Drop. 

2. To sit on the couch with her feet up, and watch her favorite TV shows. Translation: Don't wait until you see mom sitting down to ask for help with something. And No, you can't watch your show next. It's Mom's TV today. 

One reader wrote "A day with my Netflix remote with lots of wine and cake"  (Yes, Please!)

3. To enjoy a good book. Translation: If you see mom reading, ASK DAD FOR HELP! 

One reader wrote, "Is it wrong to want an entire day alone?" 
I say, HELL NO! Absolutely not!  

It's Mother's Day, you can do whatever you want, it's getting the family to stay in their lane all day that can be a problem. 

4. A Clean House. Translation: Cleanup after yourself. It's only 24 hours, you will survive.

One reader wrote, "A clean house for 24 hours." Another asked for a Maid. There is a clear trend here. Bottom line: Mom wants a clean house, that doesn't require her to make happen. 

5. To be pampered. Translation: Mom REALLY wants a spa day. She wants to be pampered with a  facial, massage and a mani/pedi... All without four hundred phone calls that require her to answer stupid questions about where stuff is and when she will be home. FYI: EVERY mother polled asked for a Mani/Pedi at the very least. 

6. To be cooked for. Translation: Mom needs to eat, but preferably, out. Take mom out so she can enjoy a yummy meal of her choice, without having a tornado size mess made by tiny people waiting for her in the kitchen. This may come as a surprise, but mom hates doing the dishes. 

7. To hang up her referee whistle for a day. Translation: STOP FIGHTING FOR 24-Hours! 

8. A super car wash, inside and out. Translation:You made the mess, go clean it up! Hint: When you see mom sitting down to read or watch TV, use this time to clean her car so you won't be tempted to bother her just because you're bored.

9. An hour (or so) to shop. Alone. Translation: The only time mom can really shop for the things she personally wants and needs, is when she's alone. So stay home! FYI: Mom hates the toy section at Target. It's a black hole that sucks in children, and won't release them until a toy is purchased, or a full meltdown with stomping and tears, is executed with stomping and tears. 

10. To be appreciated for all she does. Translation: Mother's Day is the one day of the year that mothers should be appreciated for all they do, without having to do anything, or be bothered by anyone.

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