Hawthorne PHC - May 2020

MAY 2020



Right now, everyone is handling quarantine differently, and with Mother’s Day coming up, we know your plans might have to change. But with a little creativity, you can turn lemons into lemonade and make this Mother’s Day one for the books! When you have young kids, Mother’s Day is not about the gifts. It’s about the appreciation behind them and how you show it. For my kids and me, this entails doing the little things year-round, not just on Mother’s Day. This includes cleaning up around the house, making dinner a few nights a week, carrying groceries, or rearranging furniture. Moms do a lot for their families. For instance, when our kids were little, when they would cry at night, my wife was the first one to wake up. If they ever had a fever, then she was already prepared with medicine. Doing little things to show her our appreciation every day reinforces the sincerity of anything my kids and I do for her on Mother’s Day. If your mother is at a higher risk for COVID-19, now is not the best time to be in close contact, so you’ll need to think outside the box. If she has a favorite candy or meal, then using food delivery services, like UberEats, Postmates, or DoorDash, is a great way to send her a treat she will enjoy. Additionally, you can add a specific request to drop the food off at the door in the delivery instructions to further minimize risk. For more interaction, apps like Zoom and Skype enable your family to connect without physically being together. In March, my daughter had her birthday, and with social distancing, we had her celebration in the garage so her grandparents could stay near the open door with fresh air. Aside from doing the little things, our current situation makes it challenging to find fun gifts for Mom, especially for children. If your kids ask you for ideas, tell them about their mother and what she likes. Together, you and your kids can create something she will love. This also gives you an opportunity to bond with your children over the love you share for your wife and their mom.

My wife loves handmade things, so the kids always make her Mother’s Day cards fun little paintings. They also try to do as many chores as they can before she wakes up! They’re so proud

of her, and they try to show that to her, which is such a sweet thing to see. As for me, I’m

her personal gofer because it’s her day, and I want to ensure she can do whatever she wants! If she wants Starbucks in the morning, then I’ll rush to the nearest

Starbucks to get her favorite drink so it’s there for her when she wakes up. If she wants to nap, then I make sure the kids are happy and quiet so she can rest peacefully. If there’s a specific project your mom or wife has always wanted to do around the house, then now is a perfect time to get it done! Lately, the family and I have been sprucing the place up. In fact, we just finished repainting our daughter’s room! The walls are light purple now, which has been a project we’ve always wanted to tackle. So, what are some of the ways you make quality Mother’s Day memories? Now is the time to find fun and unique ways to show the moms in our lives how much we care. –Angel Martinez


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