What to Do for Mother’s Day—Simple, Meaningful Activities

May 6, 2020  - by 

Some simple Mother’s Day activities to remind us of those we love and help us cherish the idea of motherhood.

Have you ever found yourself stuck when figuring out what to do for Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day activities come in all shapes and sizes, but there is one thing that they should all do—make Mother’s Day special for everyone involved. The simple activities we share below do just that.

No matter what your life circumstance—whether you are female or male, married or single, young or old—these activities are meant to help you cherish the idea of motherhood and honor the women who have made a difference in your life.

1. Record or Share a Memory

Your memories and stories matter. This Mother’s Day, take a photo of yourself with someone you love, or write down an experience that matters to you.

Think of one of the many women who have touched your life. Is there a memory you have that you can write down? Maybe the memory is of your mother, your grandmother, or someone who has helped you overcome challenges. Motherhood and sisterhood are full of precious moments and hard moments. Taking the time to preserve one of them could be a very satisfying Mother’s Day activity.

an elderly woman sits on a bench recollecting memories, a fun mother's day activity

If you are not a writing person, take advantage of Mother’s Day gatherings and connections to snap a photo or make a recording. When was the last time you took a picture together or shared a candid moment with your child? Has your family ever asked about and recorded Mom’s or Grandmother’s life story?

Consider Sharing or Preserving the Memory.

Sharing stories connects us to others and helps us grow as individuals, as families, and as friends. Once you’ve chosen a memory, consider sharing it in a way you’re comfortable with. Maybe that is through social media, in person, or by preserving that memory for generations to come.

Grandmother showing pictures to grandchildren. Fun mother's day activity.

FamilySearch Memories is a great tool for preserving important stories and photos. You can add image files, documents, and even recordings to your gallery on FamilySearch.org and keep them forever.  

Download the Memories app via iOS or Android.


2. Cook Up a Family Recipe—or Pass One On

Many women are the keepers of recipes and food traditions. This Mother’s Day, ask your mom or another woman in your life for a family recipe. Or take some time to share your own recipes with someone you love.

For some women, cooking is the last thing they want to do on Mother’s Day. For others, gathering in the kitchen to cook a family recipe is just what they need. Whether you decide to cook something for the women in your life, cook something with them, or order your favorite foods to eat together, sharing food and company on Mother’s Day might be an activity that everyone can participate in.

Daughter serving grandmother a home made family recipe, a fun mother's day activity.

Mother’s Day might also be a good day to gather family recipes for yourself or someone else. If you need some inspiration, check out one of these articles:

3. Look Up the Women in Your Family Tree

How much do you know about your grandmother? What about your great-grandmother and great-great-great? This Mother’s Day, see how much you can find about your ancestors who were women.

If you’re looking for a more unique Mother’s Day idea for you or your family, consider seeing how much you can learn about your ancestors who were women. Each of us comes from a long line of women who have shaped our lives—influencing where we live, what we look like, and, often, how we were raised.

Screenshot of family tree on FamilySearch showing ancestors who are women.

If you or your family have put together a family tree, that’s a great way to get started. Look at the names and dates for your female ancestors, tracing each family line or looking at generation upon generation. Does your family tree tell you where each woman was born?

Screenshot of an ancestor's page on FamilySearch, showing birth place and time line.

A genealogy website such as FamilySearch.org might also give you photos, documents, journals, and other sources of information about your ancestors. They may even have a timeline of life events you can look at. (For help navigating the FamilySearch Family Tree, check out this article.)

If you don’t have a family tree, you can create an account on FamilySearch.org and get started for free. As you enter what you know about your parents, grandparents, and so on, the FamilySearch Family Tree can connect you to what others have already entered about your relatives. Try it and see what you can find!

4. Do a Simple Act of Service

The essence of motherhood is caring and nurturing. It is loving another person and developing relationships in a way that helps others grow. This Mother’s Day, think about who you can show love to, and do something kind for them.

On the day we honor mothers and women everywhere, there is probably no better way to celebrate than to love others around us. Mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and the other women in our life could certainly use something to ease their burdens on this day of all days.

Whether it is a smile, a call or a conversation, dropping off a meal, watching a video with someone, or sending a video message—even letting someone get some much-needed sleep, think of what might help the very special women in your life, and do it on Mother’s Day.

Dad helping mom out on Mother's Day, an activity that can help moms.

Aside from reaching out to women on this special holiday, you can also celebrate motherhood by noticing and helping those around you. Whatever their role and situation, women are often found loving and serving. Think of how the women in your life have helped you learn and mature. How have you appreciated their showing love to you? How can you help make that change in someone else’s life this Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day activities celebrate motherhood and womanhood in different ways. What matters most on Mother’s Day is picking an idea that works best for you and the women you know.

If you tried any of these activities or have other ideas of what to do for Mother’s Day, feel free to share in the comments below.

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