Expert / 7 March, 2024 / My Baba

Forget The Flowers, What Mums Really Want For Mother’s Day Is A Break

Meet Louise Boyce, a voice echoing the sentiments of countless mothers worldwide. As Mother’s Day approaches, Louise advocates a simple yet profound idea: what mums truly desire isn’t lavish gifts or extravagant gestures. Instead, they long for something priceless—a break.

What Mums Really Want For Mother’s Day Is A Break

As a mother… the mental load is no joke. It’s like carrying a backpack full of invisible bricks that only seem to multiply in weight as the day goes on. From remembering doctor’s appointments to coordinating playdates, from making sure there’s enough milk in the fridge, homework sorted, World Book Day costumes made, birthday parties to arrange, de-nitting the kids, swimming lessons hell (and this is just Monday) – the mental load never seems to let up.

And don’t even get me started on the laundry. It’s a never-ending cycle of washing, drying, folding, and putting away clothes. Sometimes I feel like I live in a laundromat with more than the 5 people who actually live with me.. where do all these clothes come from and where do all the socks go??

But you know what? Despite all the chaos and craziness that comes with being a mum, there’s one thing that I crave more than anything else: a break.

Sub The Referee

Yes, you heard me right. Forget the fancy gifts and the extravagant gestures – what us mums really need is some time to ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate. Imagine a world where I can take a long, uninterrupted bath without someone banging on the door asking for a snack or telling tales. Or a quiet afternoon where I can read a book without having to referee a sibling squabble every five minutes. Oh, the bliss!

Call Off The Search Party

I often joke that if I had a pound for every time I’ve had to answer the question, “Mum, where are my shoes/can I have a snack/where is the remote”… I’d be a millionaire by now. And it isn’t just the kids who have an inability to find their own belongings…

It’s these little things that add up and contribute to the never-ending mental load that mothers carry around like a badge of honour (or maybe more like a scar). An appreciation and recognition of the time I spend searching for other people’s things – and, if possible, just a day where my family manage to locate their own things – would be a be great gift.

Annual Leave?

It’s not that we don’t appreciate the gestures and the gifts – of course, we do! But what we really need is a break from the constant demands and the never-ending to-do lists that seem to magically regenerate overnight.

I dream of a day when I can sleep in without being woken up by a tiny human poking me in the eye, demanding breakfast at the crack of dawn. A day when I can enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee without having to reheat it five times because I keep getting distracted by spills, cries, and messes.

Don’t get me wrong, being a mother is the most rewarding and fulfilling job in the world. The smiles, the hugs, the “I love you, Mummy” moments – they make it all worth it. But sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I could press the pause button on the chaos and take a breather.

The Gift of Time

So, dear family and friends, instead of another bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, how about you give me the gift of time? Or simply lend an ear and listen to me vent about the daily struggles of motherhood without judgment or interruption.

So here’s to all the mums out there juggling a million tasks and wearing a thousand hats – may we all find the time to take a break, catch our breath, and remember that we are doing an amazing job, one sock-finding mission at a time.

‘Mama Still Got it!’ by Louise Boyce is out in paperback, £9.99, published by Harper Collins

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