A Note From Your Publisher: The one about my "selfish" Mom request 📝

By Christen Reiner, Macaroni KID Lakewood-Littleton & Macaroni KID Denver Editor and Publisher April 27, 2024

Hey Mac Families!

It's about the time that your family may ask you what you want to do for Mother's Day, so I'm going to say it again.... originally published in May 2022. 

I have been a mom for almost 21 years, although it definitely doesn't feel like it's been that long. Well, maybe some days it does.... 

My oldest (unbelievably) turns 21 next week. He was my guinea pig. Sure, I made some mistakes along the way, but he is, thankfully, an awesome guy, and I'm lucky enough to get a call from him almost daily. 

As I approach my 20th Mother's Day (that little stinker was born the day AFTER Mother's Day in 2001, thereby reducing my potential Mother's Day celebrations by one!), I have to laugh at how much I have evolved with regard to this holiday.

Most importantly, I am not afraid to tell my family exactly what I want for Mother's Day. After all, it is supposed to be a day to celebrate moms, right?

When I was a younger mom, I felt obligated to spend the day WITH my kids. They were the ones who made me a mom. And that was fine. And some moms prefer that option. I imagine that, when all of my kids are grown up and I am an empty nester, I might prefer that option myself.

But somewhere along the motherhood journey, I realized that what I needed and wanted on Mother's Day was to be pampered, and to do what I wanted to do, and sometimes, spend some time all by myself.

And you know what?

That is okay.

My family is absolutely amazing, always making a big deal about Mother's Day, and they cater to my requests every year. I am really grateful for that. 

One of my longstanding requirements is a photo sesh where at least 75% of the photos contain cooperative faces and no "rogue fingers", if you know what I mean. I have three very comedic teen and young adult children. I'm pretty sure that no explanation is necessary here. LOL!

So, why am I telling you this?

You might be one of those moms, or mom figures, who doesn't want to appear to be selfish by telling your family how YOU want to celebrate Mother's Day, and I want to tell you that it is okay to speak up. Odds are, your family is wondering what they should do. And they WANT to make you happy! If you want to lounge around and catch up on Netflix, tell them. If you don't want to cook, tell them! If you want to spend time cuddling with your babies while someone else changes their diapers, tell them. 

But, regardless of how you spend your Mother's Day, know that you are doing a great job and that you are appreciated. Even if they don't show it, your kids are happy that you are their mom. 

Happy Mother's Day!

Peace ☮️, Love ❤️, & Macaroni 🌼,