Close up shot of some flowers with a tag saying 'Happy Mother's Day' with a present

Making Mother’s Day special from afar

If you’re like me and you can’t go home on Mothering Sunday to give your mum a cuddle, don’t panic! You can make the day just as amazing for your mum, and even though you’re apart, you can still find ways to let her know you love and appreciate her.

Let’s be honest: mums are amazing. They deserve a special Mother’s Day, every time, no matter how far away they are. Our mums have dedicated their entire adulthood to raising us, making us who we are, and cleaning up after our messes. They can be the best people to cry to when you’re stressed, to moan to when you’re agitated, and to laugh with when you’ve had a great day. That is why we need to all let our mums know that we love them and care for them. So here’s how!

Send flowers

It’s really basic, but send her some flowers. I mean, how often does she actually get them? My mum loves flowers; she spends hours in the garden during spring and you can bet that every night in summer, she’ll be out with the hose, watering the plants (and spraying the dog with water until she runs around like a lunatic). You can go online, and have a single rose delivered if you want to stay classy and simple, or you can go all out and get her a fresh bouquet (although I’m a little tight on budget so I’m just going for an orchard plant!)

Phone her

Another way? Don’t just text her, or tag her in a photo online, give her a call. She’ll be wanting to hear from you, trust me. Ask how she is and how her day is going, just have a chat. If it’s impossible for you to go and see her in person, make the effort to call her, or video chat with her. It will make her day just that bit better. I’m sure she misses seeing you walk downstairs and giving her a cuddle everyday, so if you don’t live at home (like me), make sure you show her you love her in different ways.

Make the effort

If your mum is like mine, you’ll know how difficult it was for her to watch you go off to uni. I’m the youngest child, so this is the first year she’s coping with no children in the house. It breaks my heart to have to think about her not having me and my sisters there to give her a cuddle (two of us live far away, and the other has kids of her own to spend Mother’s Day with). It’s definitely hard to get used to. But, you have to make that effort. If you do, the day won’t feel much different, because she’ll still know you’re thinking of her, and love her to pieces.

And for those of you who struggle with Mother’s Day for another reason and you’re finding it hard to cope, just know that there is always support available. Turn to your Dad, your siblings, your friends or the Student Wellbeing Centre on campus. There’s always somewhere to go, or someone to talk to, just know you aren’t alone.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, and don’t forget to let your mum know how much you cherish her. I know I will.

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