Obviously, a wife is not a husband’s mother. So should he acknowledge her on Mother’s Day? Absolutely! Mother’s Day is a day for children/partners to show their mom/mate a little extra attention than normal for being a great mom. Here are some ways to lift Mom up and celebrate her:
1. Part of a dad’s job is to educate his children, from the smallest age, to appreciate their mom. He does this by including the kids in some form of acknowledgement – taking her breakfast in bed, drawing a picture, giving her flowers, etc. He must, sooner than later, set the tone for how the children view their mom.
2. Aside from teaching the children to be grateful for their mom, the dad needs to model his gratitude, as well. Whether it’s by raising a glass and toasting the incredible mother of his children or by organizing a family outing with her interests in mind, it is so important that he recognize her in an out-of-the-ordinary way.
3. Another part of a dad’s job is for him to transition from being the “idea man” to teaching the kids to come up with their own ideas on how to appreciate Mom. He can “pass the scepter” by helping the children to brainstorm ideas for their mom, choose one, and execute it. The kids will learn to take ownership.
4. Stepmoms count! Although a stepmom is not the child’s biological mother, the dad needs to teach the kids to acknowledge her in some small way, whether it’s with a call or a card. The stepmom has the difficult job of building a bridge between her and the children, and she deserves some type of acknowledgement.
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