In the United States, Mother’s Day has become as American as, well, the apple pies that some moms bake. Believe it or not, that wasn’t always the case. Up until 1914, when this special day was designated a national holiday, there was no official celebration to honor moms. Of course, families didn’t need the government’s stamp of approval to make mom feel special, but Mother’s Day certainly is a great reminder for sons, daughters and families to honor these special women. Take our Mother’s Day Quiz to see if you’re as smart as your mother always said you were.
- Which President designated Mother’s Day as a national observance: Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover or Calvin Coolidge?
- Mother’s Day is celebrated on which day: the first Sunday in May, the second Sunday in May or the third Sunday in May?
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, how many women in the U.S. are mothers: 44.6 million, 82.5 million, or 136 million?
- How old was Satyabhama Mahapatra, the oldest woman to give birth, when she had her first and only child: 65, 70 or 75 years old?
- Which TV mom said, “You can never raise a hand to a child. Just stop cutting the crust off their sandwiches. They’ll get the message.”: Marion Cunningham (Happy Days), Marge Simpson (The Simpsons) or Jill Taylor (Home Improvement)?
Before you read the rest of this article, know that it may change your life forever. If you give mom the gift described below, she may never stop hugging you. Imagine how difficult that would make going to work or how hard it would be to attend school with mom sitting right by your side all day long. Still, if Mother’s Day is about making mom feel special, this gift is sure to please. And best of all, you’ll only need two things: a video recorder and your family.
As you may have already figured out, you’re going to make a video for the special mom in your life. What kind of video? Well, that’s really up to you, but we’ve got some great ideas to get you moving in the right direction.
Since mom is always right and may always say “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” show her how much you’ve learned by giving her a gift that stretches your love, not your budget. Here are four great gift ideas:
- Make a meal she loves – There’s no doubt you’re going to have a special meal on Mother’s Day, but going out to dinner can be expensive, especially if the whole family is coming along. So, why not make mom her favorite meal? To make the experience seem more like going to a restaurant, be sure to provide an appetizer, main course and dessert. For an added level of realism, have the kids play the role of waiter or waitress (but don’t let mom leave the tip
If you or the moms in your life are like many moms, the days start way too early and end way too late. Going from being chauffeur to maid to referee to chef, may make people wish for some time to rest. But when the day ends and it’s your time to fall asleep and recharge for the next day, you can’t actually fall asleep.
To avoid that frustration, try one of these take-me-to-dreamland tips for falling asleep.
- Cut the caffeine and sugar – This one can be really tough because you sometimes need a late-afternoon boost to get you through the day, but don’t have too much caffeine or sweets after lunch. After all, the last thing you want is extra energy after midnight.
Saving money is often a daunting challenge. However, as every money saving expert will tell you, it is simply a habit you adopt. If you can make it fun and personally rewarding, the saving money habit is much easier.
Pay Yourself First
The easiest and most fun way to save money is the “pay yourself first” technique. Here is the short version.
Treat saving money as you do other recurring monthly bills. Ask the question, “Who or what is more important than me?” Answer: No one and nothing. Why not pay yourself first every month? Here’s how.