35 Things I REALLY Want for Mother’s Day

In no particular order, here is what mothers say they really want for Mother’s Day.

1. I want a day in my own house – alone.

2. A clean house. Just for a day…a house where things stay where I put them.

3. I want someone to plan my kids’ summer camps and schedules, set it all up, and just tell me where they need to be. Oh, and then get them there.

4. I would like a Brinks armored car service to partner with Uber and drive my kids to their sports – safely and conveniently.

5. I would like to wake up to a clean, cheerio/goldfish/fossilized ice cream-free car with a full tank of gas.

6. A pitcher full of frozen margaritas.

7. I would like just a few moments of peace and quiet.

8. I want a tech free day. No iPhones, no iPads, no iNothin’.

9. I want someone else to change diapers all day. I don’t want to lift a finger, unless it is the middle one.

10. I want to have not shopped for, prepared or cleaned up after any of the food that is consumed all day.

11. An IV drip of Chardonnay.

12. I want there to be no laundry.

13. I want a full day when I don’t have to once clean the kitchen.

14. I want to just finish a task I start without being interrupted to … wipe something, referee something, make something, watch something or fetch something.

15. I literally just walked in on the boys smelling each other’s asses. Can we add no butt-smelling to the list?

16. I want someone to bring me coffee in bed, and then LEAVE. Leave for an hour so I can watch the news in peace.

17. We would like to not hear our names called. Just for one day, or at the very least, I would not like to hear “MOM!!!!” or “MOhhhh-uhhhhhhhm.”

18. I want to feel appreciated.

19. I want a raise, or at least a bonus.

20. I would like to not be called “squishy mom.”

21. I would like the mask Judy Jetson put on every morning so she didn’t look like crazy mom. Judy made mornings look so easy.

22. I would like to go anywhere with my kids where I didn’t have to get them ready, pack the snacks or yell for them to get in the car.

23. I want to sleep in.

24. I want to sleep alone.

25. I want to have no plan at all, and I want everyone to be ok with that.

26. I want a thoughtful gift, like a dad would get on Father’s Day. I want an iPod with all my favorite artists preloaded. I want something which tells me my family knows I am more than a maid, a secretary and a chauffeur.

27. I want a day by myself, in my own (clean) home.

28. A couch, my favorite pizza, a glass of red, and Netflix–that I don’t have to share!

29. I want to not worry about anyone else’s mood all day.

30. I want a whole day when I never once say, “C’mon!! Hurry up. We’re gonna be late!”

31. I want someone to get the house and the kids ready for school the next day — homework done, bodies clean, teeth brushed and lunches packed.

32. I want a day when I don’t have to drive anyone anywhere.

33. I want my kids not to fight – at least within earshot.

34. I would like to celebrate how much fun I was before I was a mom … making my sacrifices that much greater because of the awesome me I left behind.

35. And the most important wish, the one that makes all of the others worth having is: AND, I DON’T WANT TO FEEL GUILTY FOR WANTING ALL OF THE ABOVE.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.


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