Five Ways to Show Your Mother You Love Her

By Josie Brown

mothersday1She was your first love. Your first role model. The one person in your life whose approval you sought, whom you hoped to emulate– whose mistakes you learned from.

For that alone, you owe her your undying gratitude.

As in all relationships, respect and trust must be earned. Liking your mother can never be an obligation; it is truely a gift.

And loving her is always a given. So, how do you show her?

Here are five ways in which she’ll appreciate that message, every day of the year:

1. Send her a note.

An email. A funny card. A monthly letter that gives her the scoop on all your doings: hopes, dreams, experiences, disappointments. There was a time in which she was there for those moments. Guess what: she still lives vicariously through you – and that’s a good thing.  The goal is to share yourself with the person who will always love you, no matter what.

2. Buy her a meal.

Lunch at the Four Seasons isn’t necessary. Just a phone call asking her to meet you at her local Starbucks for a cup of coffee tells her that you relish contact with her, even for the few minutes it takes to catch up with her day, and yours.

3. Throw her a party.

No, not on her birthday. Make it some gathering that is impromptu, just of those closest and dearest to her. Nothing fancy. In fact make it a pot luck – and a tribute. Make it clear to them that they are all there to celebrate one thing: HER.  She’ll pick up on it, sometime within the first half-hour. And she’ll remember it for the rest of her life.

4. Take her on a trip.

Just the two of you. On the road, and overnight. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. But you do want to end up in a place that allows you to share a memorable experience. Just by being in the same car, the same room, the same space for even as little as 24 hours, both of you will say things that will strengthen the bond you share.

5. Pick up the phone and call her.

If this isn’t already a habit, start now. You don’t have to say “I love you” in every sentence. She will hear it in every word, even if it’s something as mundane as “Don’t forget to take your umbrella” or “Hey, I was just thinking about you, and thought I’d call and see what’s up…”

She will appreciate one, or more of these. But don’t just do it as a Mother’s Day treat.

Josie Brown,’s Relationships Channel Editor, is the author of IMPOSSIBLY TONGUE-TIED and TRUE HOLLYWOOD LIES.

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