Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and with the state of the world today it is easy to lose sight of what is the most important gift you can give your mom, connection. Being connected to one another at this time of isolation can be so uplifting.
You can certainly support small businesses who are based in the U.S.A. by buying mom a gift. Connection though, is so much more than sending a gift. A simple phone call to your mom will be a good first step to keep her from feeling isolated. Even better would be trying some of these great ideas to stay connected while apart.
- Set up a weekly dinner date: Make the same meal or have something different, but hop on a virtual call while you’re having dinner. It won’t be the same as Sunday night family dinners, but it will feel more normal then you might think.
- Read a book with her: Chat together virtually about a good book you both might be interested in and then take turns reading a chapter to each other virtually. This might kill two birds with one stone, keep you connected with mom and help you finish those books you’ve been meaning to read.
- Take a walk together: Make sure you wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from anyone you pass, but even if you are far away from your mom, you can still go out for a walk virtually. Connect using your phones and walk and talk together. It may not be the same as being together, but who knows, you might find new scenery that you hadn’t shared together yet.
- Play a game: This one will require a little creativity, but there are games you can play together virtually. If she likes checkers and you both have a board, that’s a great place to start (chess as well.) Think creatively and you can make this work.
Connecting with mom during these times of uncertainty is incredibly important. A sense of isolation can be devastating to anyone’s morale, yours or hers, so you’ll be doing each other a favor. So don’t just call your mom on Mother’s Day (although you should do that) figure out a way that you can truly connect with each other.