Should You Spend Mother's Day Away From Baby?

In the past, Mother's Day was all about brunch, macaroni necklaces and lots of family time; but times are a-changin'! Now more than ever, moms are opting for a day away from the kids, free from all mommy duties. So which is better? Moms seem totally split in their stances.
ByKylie McConville
May 5, 2017
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Make it about you

“I wouldn’t mind being able to try and sleep in this year!” — Heather B.

“If you think about it for a moment, it’s supposed to be a celebration for the mother and not necessarily the kids. So there is no point to going to the zoo with them or making them happy — Mother’s Day should be the other way around!” — Suzanne T.

“You should be able to have time for yourself. Maybe your husband can plan something for just the two of you, like a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant, or something romantic at home. Send the kids to sleep with someone else, so you can have an adult night!” — manandwife33

“I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I spend every waking hour with my kid. I love him to bits but I think Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to have a day off, doing whatever I want. Otherwise it’s just like any other day. If it was truly my day, I’d want my husband and son out of the house so I could finally have some ‘me time!’ It’s the one day a year that we’re supposed to be rewarded for the other 364 days we mother. I don’t think changing diapers and cleaning up messes and spills is the way to say ‘Thanks for being a great mom!’” — Betsy B.

“I would love a day off. If I got to choose any gift for myself, that would be it.” — jadalynn987

Make it about them

“I will always want to spend Mother’s Day with my kids, because being a mother is what it’s all about!” — chelseyb

“This is my first Mother’s Day as a mommy! I’m still on maternity leave and am looking forward to spend this one and as many as I can with my son!” — Marion W.

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“It’s the only day my kids and my husband do my usual chores, cook me food, let me sit on my booty, give sweet homemade gifts and tons of cuddles!” — arabellaB44

“I can’t stand it when mother’s don’t attend to their kids on Mother’s Day. There’s a lot of women out there who wish they could have babies and I was once one of them.” — Rachel W.

“I wouldn’t dream of spending it anywhere but with my kids. I see it as a day to not do anything else but be a mom. No washing cleaning or tidying. Just loads of fun and games with my little ones!” — Eleanor R.

Make it a combo of the two

“I think it really comes down to wanting a day off from the pressures and responsibilities, not physically away from our families.” — Lily R.

“I like to spend it with them, but there’s nothing wrong with going away for an hour for a pedicure or message also.” — Lois G.

“I like to sleep in and then go for brunch. Which means my husband is on ‘daddy duty’ for the morning! But we usually spend the rest of day together.” — Monika Y.

“I’d rather spend the day alone but be home in time for dinner with the kids. I spend all day, every day with them. It would not be a ‘treat’ to spend all of that day with them.” — Ariella O.

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