5 Step Plan to Give Mom What She Really Wants for Mother’s Day

5 step plan to give moms what they really want for mother's day


Despite your best efforts to generously offer your wife some extra sleep in the morning while you watch the kids, mornings can be tricky and nothing quite goes as planned. Here’s a 5 step plan to ensure Mom gets the rest she deserves this Mother’s Day.

1) Plan the night before.

Think you already know where everything is, so it can’t possibly be that hard to gather it all in the morning? Think again. Put your Boy Scout hat on and be prepared. You never know what these kids will throw at you and chances are, if someone can’t find a shoe, or their favorite green shirt, or the superhero cape they’ve worn to every outing for the last three weeks, they will be screaming for Mommy without skipping a beat.

So enlist Mom’s help the night before to pack up everything you might need:

  • Find an outfit and matching shoes for each kid and put them in a safe place high up out of reach
  • If you have no idea how to do your daughter’s hair, have Mom braid it the night before
  • Make sure toothbrushes and toothpaste are together and not in the master bathroom
  • Have kids in diapers? Pack up the diaper bag with diapers, wipes and spare change of clothes

2) Wake up BEFORE the kids. Quietly exit room. Close and lock door behind you.

3) Go poop.

It’s the last chance you’ll get for a while. Want to know the real reason behind resting bitch face? It’s because that woman has been holding in a shit for 5 hours because she was too busy dealing with her kids.

4) Get the kids dressed as quickly and quietly as possible.

This is the tricky part. If your kids are older and will quietly get dressed, then no worries. If we’re dealing with toddlers then here’s what you want to do:

1. Take them to the room in the house that is furthest from the master bedroom and close the door.

2. Bribe them. Tell them that they can have a treat if they get dressed without crying or talking loudly. If that doesn’t work give them a lollipop. I know that sounds like bad parenting and it most definitely is, but that’s not really our concern right now.

3. Do the bare minimum. Quickly put on clothes, skip brushing their teeth and hair if they are starting to get loud or fussy. Put shoes on in the car if you have to. Pretend like this is that Destiny game and the guy who only comes around on Fridays, or whatever day, is coming and he has that weapon that you’ve been wanting and the alien looking people are shooting at you and… I don’t know, just move.

5) Leave.

Don’t come back until you’re sure Mom is awake. Don’t call her to find out though. If you aren’t sure, then stay out a little longer.


Bring her home breakfast. Deliver breakfast to her in bed and watch the kids for a little bit longer so she can eat in peace.

Thanks Dads!



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39 Responses

  1. Jennifer

    Are there really any men out there who are so wonderful?

  2. Robin Rue

    My husband has always been thoughtful when it came to Mother’s Day and my birthday. Lucky for me, he does it lots of other days of the year, too.

  3. We live way out in the country so this isn’t going to work for us. Sounds like a wonderful plan and I would try to talk my husband into doing something like this. Hope more husband try something different this year.

  4. Oh my gosh you totally crack me up with #3! It is so true LOL. I love the plan you have here I think I might print it off and paste it to the door my husband comes in from work.

  5. This is such a cute idea! My kids are all grown and my girls will be taking me out for a tea party on Saturday. Then I’m leaving for the beach on Sunday. I’m so excited!

  6. This sounds fabulous! Totally agree about just getting them out of the house without waking Mom up. And definitely no calling to see if she’s awake! Each time I’m able to nap, my husband always calls just to see what’s going on.

  7. Kristina

    My husband is sweet in giving gifts just because and for other holidays. I try to do the same for him. I also give thoughtful gifts for my mama on Mother’s Day and birthdays because without her I wouldn’t be here.

  8. Oh such a great suggestion. I would definitely share this to my father and my boy friends so they can do this to their wives and/or moms.

  9. Oh my god this is perfect for dads to give the mother of their children the tribute they deserve! Give mom a day to do whatever she wants and let the woman sleep!

  10. OMG I love you last step LEAVE! So true. I am not a Mom but if I was closer I would be taking my nephews for the weekend.

  11. Bernetta

    This is great. I am forwarding this to my husband TODAY… Why? because I want them to LEAVE!!!

  12. Aww this is such a lovely idea to give Mum’s everything, we have already had Mother’s Day here but I’ll have to remember it for next year 😉

  13. Jaime Nicole

    Sleeping in. That is my dream for Mother’s Day. I’m a single mom, so having the kids leave isn’t really an option, lol, but sleeping in would be AWESOME!

  14. Haha love your ideas here! A good sleep in for any mum would be fantastic! And hubby picking up the child wrangling – even better!

  15. I love this. I really just want a few hours of peace and quiet. No noise, no housework, no anything. Maybe a book to read, but that’s about it.

  16. This is funny, but it’s definitely got some truth to it. Pretty much every mom I know just wants a break.

  17. Anita Anderson

    Aww loving this right now. Wish I could do this but my hubby is a 1st responder and his days off rotate. He never has mother’s day, father’s day or thanksgiving, Xmas or New years off. I would love it if he could do this for me.

  18. It is great to give moms a break. They have gone through so many challenges.

  19. This made me laugh because I have held it in way longer than I should because I am so busy getting the kids ready for school.

  20. Haha this is too awesome! I will need to show my husband this so he can plan it out for Mother’s Day!

  21. I’m sure for most mum’s that’s the perfect day, to have some time for yourself and to properly relax and be able to bath and go to the toilet on your own x

  22. This is lovely. Like Lisa, I want a quiet Mother’s Day. I am a great mum for 364 days but on Mother’s Day I do not want to be one, I just want to be selfish and relax.
    I am sure a few good men out there do this for their ladies 🙂

  23. These made me laugh, but they are good tips for dads. Sometimes all mom wants on Mother’s Day is a break and a chance to sleep in without someone wondering when she will wake up and do this or that.

  24. Oh my goodness, number # (or #2 and the lack thereof) sounds super uncomfortable! It did make me giggle, but I can’t say I know anyone that’s been the case for.

  25. Wow! This is so thoughtful and nice. I remember as a kid when my Dad used to do something similar on our Mom’s birthday. The smile on our Mom’s face seeing this surprise was always invaluable!

  26. lol! This definitely made me laugh and a quiet morning to collect myself while my husband takes the kids somewhere would be SO NICE! Love that idea!

  27. OMG this is brilliant! Yes please poop NOW! hahaha! I would literally pay my husband to do this!

  28. Well this sounds heavenly!!!!! The thought of quiet, uninterrupted sleeping is just what I need! We can dream though LOL!

  29. LOL, fun stuff! My husband was good at doing this a few times a year. He always seemed to know when I needed it. Smart man!

  30. This post is hilarious. We have to get dads to do this on more than one occassion make mothers day monthly like this!

  31. CourtneyLynne

    Hahaha love it!!!! Now only we could get dads to do this idk… maybe once a week lol…. can’t wait to sleep in on Mother’s Day!

  32. My Teen Guide

    Isn’t this what all mothers want? Just one day, at least one day in a year, to have the peace and quiet you so deserve! I think I want to go on Strike on Mother’s Day. LOL.

  33. So funny but so true! I am passing this along to my husband!

  34. In short, it would be nice if mom had the morning off and some time to not stress about the whole family. I think these are awesome ideas on how to start the day right on Mother’s Day.

  35. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Every mother’s dream day. It is good if your family is sensitive to your needs too. I think mothers should be given more consideration. After all, they are human too!

  36. Ha ha, these instructions are amazing and so true! My husband always has the best of intentions but forgets these smaller details when it comes to trying to let me sleep in.

  37. Oh my gosh this is the best!! #3 is my favorite. This will probably not happen for me this year, but we are all going out to brunch together.

  38. Love this! I’m sure many moms would appreciate it on Mother’s Day, or any day of the year in fact! It’s nice for parents to take it in turns to give each other a break.

  39. I love this! I’m sure Mother’s Day, like every other day, will not be a day for mommy to sleep in. That’s okay, I’m enjoying it while they’re still little.

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