Relax, it’s Mother’s Day! Yeah, right.

Posted by Tara, Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador

What is with the notion that Mother’s Day is a day off for moms? When I was a kid, I used to give my mom cards for Mother’s Day that said something along the lines of: “Take a Day Off!” or “Relax! Enjoy Your Day! You Deserve It!” Now, as a mother myself, I realize that there aren’t any days off. Every day, whether you’re with your kids or not, you’re a mother. Even if I spend Mother’s Day by myself on an island in the Caribbean drinking mai tais, when the dreamy-looking waiter brings me a drink and smiles at me with a beautiful, bright smile, I’ll think, “What nice teeth. I really need to figure out how to get the kids to brush and floss their teeth more often.” Then I will spend the next half hour devising a dental hygiene rewards system for my children.

If we just accept that Mother’s Day is not a day off for us, but a day to embrace motherhood (and hope that on this one day, at least, we’re shown some appreciation), we might be able to fully revel in the holiday. We, as mothers, already know that if we want something done right, we have to do it ourselves. Why should we expect this day to be any different? If we want to enjoy Mother’s Day, we have to make our own plans!

Fortunately, this Mother’s Day weekend, there is so much to choose from – and the moms at Ziptivity have done much of the planning! Check out my ZipPicks for the wide spectrum of family fun happening in the Boston area this weekend. You may choose to spend time with your kids immersed in the world of Jules Verne, fusing old-fashioned style with modern-day technology at the International Steampunk City in Waltham. Or, for a quieter activity, pack a lunch and picnic with wild abandon at Arnold Arboretum on Mother’s Day. Picnicking is forbidden every day of the year, except on Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum.  In the evening, you may want to celebrate and be amazed by the synthesis of art, science and technology at the MIT campus and along the Charles River during FAST Light.

Whatever activity you choose, take your kids with you. Pack extra diapers and snacks. Prepare to wipe runny noses and tie shoelaces at least twenty times during the day. Embrace all that is motherhood – the joy, pain, frustration, fun, wonder, and delight.

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