Everyday is Mother’s Day

I know I just wrote something about Mother’s Day facts, but I want to extend this a little further. You see, for me, that day is just another holiday. It’s a holiday for our special and beloved mothers, sure, but how is that different from every day? It doesn’t take one Sunday a year to show your mom you care.

My friends are always puzzled why I don’t do anything overtly special for Mother’s Day, aside from the call and small gifts here and there. It is because I try to make most days that special day. To be honest, I’m not close to my mother. She’s really piling on the years and getting senile, causing quite an annoyance sometimes. I still love her though, and she knows it. And I show it. Love is all she has left in her life now.

My kids also learned that lesson. They love their mother, no matter how far away they are, and they call and email at least once a week. Mother’s Day is just an excuse for them to visit. They also visit at other times, too. It makes me happy that they still care for us. I must have done something right.

Mother’s Day isn’t that special. Every single day is much more.

5 Interesting Facts About Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has come and gone! I made sure it was a special day for my dearest, even though I couldn’t take her to the resort she likes this year. The kids came to visit too, so it was a wonderful day for us all. To celebrate this special holiday for mothers everywhere, I’ve compiled these little tidbits about this special occasion!

1. There are at least 30 dates for Mother’s Day! The one we Americans know is on the second Sunday of May (May 11 this year), which is also the most common date it’s celebrated. March 8 is the next most common, which is mostly celebrated in some parts of Asia and Europe. British and Irish people celebrate Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is March 2 this year. Indonesia has theirs on December 22! If you forget the date there, at least you can claim your Christmas present is also for Mother’s Day!

2. Mongolia celebrates Mother’s Day twice! March 8 marks International Women’s Day in this country, which is treated like Mother’s Day. June 1 sees Mothers and Children’s Day, which is also celebrated! It’s the only country which celebrates this occasion twice. The moms there must be quite happy with all the attention!

3. Anna Marie Jarvis is the woman responsible for Mother’s Day in America. When her mother died on May 9, 1905, she devoted her time to making Mother’s Day a holiday for mothers everywhere. Her mother was an advocate of the holiday, joining campaigns for peace, worker’s safety and health, ever since the Civil War ended. It was first celebrated in 1907, with only a few people. In 1908, it was 407 children and their mothers. The holiday became official in 1910, and a proclamation from President Woodrow Wilson came in 1914. By then it had finally turned into the holiday to appreciate mothers, not just for peace.

4. Mothering Sunday is deeply rooted in the church. It was originally a mass held in one’s mother church on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Families gathered at such days, and mothers and children were often reunited for one day of the year. Later, it became the day that servants would be allowed to visit their mothers. Today, it is interchangeable with Mother’s Day. It was also called Simnel Sunday, Rose Sunday and Refreshment Sunday before, due to certain traditions on the day. Talk about a deep history!

5. Ancient Greeks and Romans also celebrated Mother’s Day! Although it wasn’t called that specifically, the two peoples celebrated dates related to their gods. Greeks honored Cybele, great mother of the Greek gods, at a date around mid-March. Romans had a holiday called Matronalia, dedicated to Juno. At the same time, mothers got gifts on that day.

Pretty interesting, hm? Mother’s Day is a holiday rooted within our society, as appreciation to those hardworking women who gave birth and took care of us. Did you give your mom a present this year? If not, at least give her a call!

Traveling with Kids: Three Tips to Survive

traveling with kids is no walk in the park

So, it’s your first time to travel with your family. (Oh, I’ve had those days. And those earlier circumstances never fail to amuse me). You anticipated a glorious, long ride down the roads to nowhere with three- to five-year-old active toddlers in haul, and a loving partner that you wouldn’t want to be without.

You’ve made plans. Packed your bags. Wrote some what-do-to-when-you-arrive lists. Went in and out of your home for last-minute things. And checked your vehicle for the nth time. Everything is impressively organized (or so you think).

To top it all off, well, you’re with your loving family. What more can you ask for? Everything is going to be a cinch. Nothing will go wrong. Nothing will dampen your day. The trip will be a smashing hit.

If that’s your first notion of traveling with kids and your partner, better wake up.

You’re in for a huge surprise down the road to an entire new world that you wouldn’t want to be in (for a few minutes, I guess, until you get your marbles up and about, and working again).

Oh, it may be quite a good road to travel on with your partner since you have been together enough to know each other’s personal antics.

But, with your kids? That’s a completely different story.

What you need to remember is this: This isn’t a fairy-tale. This is real life.

So, expect the ear-piercing screams from time to time. The I-want-to-see-that-too or I-want-to-be-the-first-one fights, the I-am-hungry, I-am-thirsty, I-am-tired, or I-want-to-go-to-the-bathroom situations that will send you faster to a nervous breakdown if you’re not too careful.

As much as this may sound so depressing to you, it doesn’t mean that you have to cancel the trip, and wait ‘til your kids are already grown and mature enough to behave throughout your long road travel.

Here are a few guideposts to make your road adventure more bearable, and (at least) a bit relaxing for your frazzled nerves.

One: Bring Their Favorite Toys.
Whether it’s the latest gizmo gadget around, or the fluffiest or scariest of creatures ever made by man, children would usually have their own favorite toys or dolls that they would ALWAYS like to bring along.

So, don’t forget that teddy bear, that scary monster, or other toys that you know your kids will bawl over, miss so much, or try to persuade you in going back home for.

Two: Keep Them Free from Hunger or Thirst.
Adults can probably hold off their hunger or thirst for a few minutes or so. Typically, kids can’t do the same (and you shouldn’t expect them to).

They get antsy when they’re hungry or thirsty.

So, don’t leave home without eating a heavy meal if you would like to have a better road trip.

While you’re at it, why don’t you grab a few goodies to munch on during your trip? You can have that initially prepared at home. Or, you can just buy them while you’re on the road.

Food is the number one type of distraction that will definitely keep your children busy and satisfied.

Three: Get Ready to Keep Them Amused.
Aside from their toys and munchies, you may also want to play a game with them. Prepare something that you can all do without you having to look at them and taking your eyes off the road. For this, trivia questions may come in handy.

Now, these things are too elementary that you may think that any parent like you would have the earlier notion to do these things to prepare for that travel in a more convenient manner. Fact is, there are many who are still harassed; others may appear nonchalant.

So, keep your eyes on the road. But don’t forget to keep your children safe, happy, full, and satisfied just like how you and your partner would like to feel about this trip. Keep it cheesy and adventurous. And ditch the possible hassles that you will encounter.

Why am I telling you all these things? Let’s just say I had an eye-opening encounter with the unknown…er… with my own children when they were a lot younger than they are now.

EXPERIENCE is still the best mentor. 🙂