From the last loo roll to no nagging, here’s 15 things mums really want this Mother’s Day…

If your Mother’s Day is anything like mine, it’s full of homemade cards with doodled Texta hearts, misshapen pancakes, burnt toast and flannelette pajamas covered in penguins. But if mums told you what they really wanted for Mother’s Day, I reckon the list would look a bit more like this.

1. Pick up your socks

And your dishes. Actually, pick up anything that is yours and put it away. The magic pick up fairy has had enough and flown away.

2. While you’re at it, pick up a duster

And a vacuum. If you live here, you get to help keep it clean.

3. Put your dishes IN the dishwasher. If it’s full, turn it on. If it’s clean, empty it

Yep I get that it’s annoying. But trust me, it’s REALLY annoying when you get to do it every day.

4. Put your dirty clothes IN the basket

Washing is not a game of hide and seek. No one wants to hunt for dirty clothes or find them after they’ve put a load on. No one.

5. If the loo paper is empty, put on a new roll

And yes, that one last square of paper means empty. You’re not fooling anyone.

6. Look for your stuff yourself. With your eyes open

You may even have to MOVE something. I get that it’s easier to ask mum. But her eyes are tired of looking for things, so use your own.

7. Make a meal. Cook whatever

It doesn’t matter what it is, she will adore not having to think of what to cook as much as she will love not cooking it. If you can’t cook, order takeaway. Just give her a night off.

8. Make today a whinge free, fight free, back talk free day

Give the attitude a day off. Remember it’s meant to be FUN for mum. None of that stuff is fun. Ever.

9. Let her shower, shave, wee etc. in peace

Just for today let her feel the elusive mystery of doing these intimate things alone. She can tell you where XYZ is AFTER she comes out of the loo. Oh, hang on. See point six. Go find it yourself!

10. Get mum something yummy

Whatever is her weak spot. Chocolate. Her favorite coffee. I know she says she shouldn’t eat it. Ignore her. She’ll secretly love it.

11. Give mum something pretty

Flowers are nice. Handpicked flowers are beautiful. Even a handful from the garden shows you care.

12. Think of something your mum really loves

Think of who she is and what she likes doing. Maybe it’s a gift or maybe it’s doing that thing together. Just show you thought about it. Do it. Or make a promise to do it soon. And no, picking up your socks doesn’t count!

13. Let your mum sleep

Being mum is a busy business. Let her sleep in, have a nap, head to bed early, whichever she likes most. Or all of them.

14. Spend time with your mum

Your Mum loves spending time with you. Do something together. It can be as simple as a walk, a coffee, watching a movie together. It’s not what you do that matters, but that you do it together.

15. Show her you love her

Your love is the best gift of all. Hugs and kisses are simple gifts, but always the best.

Wishing all mums a very happy Mother’s Day! Here’s to crossing at least a few of these wants off the list!


I love my three country kids - and all things writing! Like most mums, I wear lots of hats - writer, children's author, organisational psychologist and the pairer of the odd socks!

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