Cheer up ideas for Emily's mum/mom?

I love this question from Emily. It's so sweet and thoughtful! Here's what she had to say:

Dear PLS,
My Mum is divorced and she works really hard and I wanna do something for her that will really cheer her up. I make her cards and pictures and buy her the occasional chocolates or gifts. I wanted to do something really different that she would love, any ideas? (I'm not very good at cooking though)

We all love M-O-M, but it's especially cool that Emily wants to do more than the usual stuff. I think it's great that she already gives her cards and treats. One thing I know my mom likes is when she gets a break from her normal chores. So what if you offer to clean up the dishes or fold the laundry and let her do something else - like have a nice cup of coffee and read a book? It's free and I bet she'd like it!

Now, who out there has other cheer-up ideas? What would your own mom like? If you come up with a good idea for Emily, might as well do it for your mom, too! (Oh dear, does that mean I have to do the dishes tonight?)

Think pink!


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Anonymous Symetra said...

Yes moms definetely like a clean house(I know mine does). You should also talk to her more about things, give her a chance to let out whats on her mind. And dont forget to tell her you love her all the time!

February 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Spatula Burgers said...

My mom got divorced a few years ago.... I was sorta too young to give her anything. But I think what helped was the fact that we there for her. I don't really have an idea.... but I just wanted to post this. I have something to say though, just try to remind her that there are other fish in the sea and you can't always catch the perfect one each time. But if you're patient, you'll catch a great one. :)

February 18, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your'e not alone. My parents got divorced when I was seven. At first I was more sad than my mom. The best thing you can do is tell her you love her and try to make her feel as comfortable as possible :-)

February 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Stew said...

What I usally do for my mom when she is sad is give her a pedacure or offer a spa themed day to her. The cool part about thy is you can give her a make over, do her hair, nails, or give her a facial!!

February 19, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
Anonymous kitty9 said...

My Mom (I still call her Mommy) has a lot to do as well, but she hardly ever complains. She even goes out of her way to do things for me! My Aunt Lucy is divorced too. Mom loves Aunt Lucy, so I decided to give her and Aunt Lucy a personalized suprize happy day. I made a list of what they both like, invited thier best friends for a dinner party(this part is optional)and gave them breakfast in bed! I also gave them both a spa. I'm sure if it worked on my Mom it'll work on yours too?:)

February 20, 2010 at 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like to do a self-care day with my mom, and we go to the spa to get facials/ massages then do our nails at home and rent a movie. or if you're on a budget get friends to come over! and when i say 'friends' i mean if you have a friend whose mom is friends with your mom invite them both over and play charades!
veronica t. 12

February 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Aly said...

sometimes, when my mom is totally stressed out from work, i put in her favorite movie, make her favorite snack and drink, and JUST CHILL with her. then afterwards, say your mom likes pizza. then you call up the pizza place and let mom choose the toppings for once. sometimes, i don't always like the toppings, but i eat it anyways. and once, she ordered olives on the pizza and i cringed when she said olives, but when i tried it, it was awesome!

February 21, 2010 at 2:22 AM  
Anonymous mya said...

when my mom is sad i just usually ask whats wrong then when she tells me i call up her bffl and they plan a time when to do stuff and when something comes up i just take the place, chill, and have fun i know my mom loves that.:*>

February 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

give her breakfast in bed
take her out for a meal
leave her messages in random places saying how much you love her
jsut do everything that you want her to do for you when you are feeling upset

hope this helps!

February 21, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.House must be clean
2.All housework already done
For example :card,new blouse or handbag

Hope it will be helpfull .

February 22, 2010 at 4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mom got divorced also. I was wayy to young to understand though. I got her flowers and made her pictures. I know how it feels. You could make your mom feel happy by playing a board game of asking her to watch a movie with you. Maybe just tell her you love her and. Give her a hug. Ifyou like buying things for her you could buy her. Nice fleece blanket or her favorite candy or magazines. Hope this helped!

February 22, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous J.t said...

well its really sweet what ur doing 4 ur mom and u should go on the recipes website and have nice truthful confersations with her trust me ur mom loves to hear about ur stroggels in life

February 22, 2010 at 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE MY MUM so... I HELP my mum and amrican kids stop saying mom say mum PEASE

February 26, 2010 at 2:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes, i help my mom with simple chores so as to lighten her burden. Another way to please your mom is to get good results for upcoming tests or exams.

February 26, 2010 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Iris said...

Do the best you can. Tell your mom everyday that you love her and that you'll be there for her everyday. And dont just say that, do it too. Study, get good grades, just do things you know she'll love.
she'll know someone is there for her

February 26, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Melody * said...

awww... so sweet! I think you should give her flowers. But something more simple is to get good grades, study and do what she says without hesitation.

February 26, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my perents go divorsed when i was 1.

February 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try not to bug her! If you do what she says and behave, it will show her you love and respect her. It's as simple as that. And when you can tell she's really stressed, try not to burdern her with problems you can fix on your own- the less stuff she has to worry about, the better.

February 28, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know how hard it is to feel uncapable to help your own mother but as hard as you try it is between your dad and mom. so dont use all your energy trying to please her just show her warm love. thats all you can do.

March 1, 2010 at 4:54 PM  
Anonymous gracie said...

if she is really down maybe your mum and ur bffs mum could got for a meal to gether or maybe go could just tell yr mum that u lov her

March 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous wonder said...

well, if you want to make your mom feel happier, you can do something that she likes, like a movie or you could make a her something you think that would be special to her like a rose or painting, drawing, etc. that you think will make your mom smile :) :) :)!!!

March 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Anonymous hi33334 said...

Poetry is my thing (I've won contests and have had some of my poems published in books, newspapers, etc.) so usually, I write a heart-warming poem for my mom. I guess parents would like for you to get good grades in school but at my house, it's kind of just expected. You do well in school because you want to, not because your parents tell you so. I card with your own handwritten message would also be appreciated by your mom!


March 3, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Sierra said...

Your not alone my mom got divorced when I was 6,she had to raise 3 children by herself and I found out if you tell her you love her, appreciate her, and help do some chores it usually will cheer her up.

March 5, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Anonymous alz said...

wow im so sorry my dad has been devorced too so i also try to cheer him up. my advice is to check out the fun crafts and things like that on this website! and if your mum likes headbands the buttoned headband is the choice for you!

March 5, 2010 at 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

Whenever my mom is down some times it just helps to just be happy and positive around the house, doing that can really affect others around you!

March 7, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous AILUJ555 said...

My mom loves it when I just behave nicely for the day: no fights, screaming, yelling, or any fights with my sister or yelling matches with my dad

March 10, 2010 at 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can help her with the chores, tell her things like how you love her, and how she's a great mom. I know that sometimes the smallest things can make people, especially mothers though. I love your question though, its so nice to your mom. And we all love our moms and want to make them happy any way we can!

March 14, 2010 at 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Emily,
You could go online to some of your favorite websites, and find a craft there. And maybe you could make that craft for her. She'll love it!

March 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger popqueen said...

If you can play music really good you could compose her a song

March 16, 2010 at 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why dont you just sit down you and her and talk about her day and stuff like that i know my mum loves it when me and her just sit in her bed and talk about each others day or any problems then we just cuddle 4 a bit then i go in my bed and thats that

March 20, 2010 at 5:17 AM  
Anonymous Evealina said...

I know that when my mom goes out of the house, she is always delighted to find that there is a hot mext meal, a clean house, and a mini spa set up for her. hope this helps!

March 30, 2010 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

Send her a card or a nice flower pot.

April 5, 2010 at 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mom works hard too but shes not divorced. You should try to take some things off your moms back. Like you should start doing some stuff that you see your mom do after work, like doing dishes, laundry, taking out the trash,making dinner etc. so you should do somethings she does when you get home from school. When your done homework you can do the dishes and doing the laundry. After dinner you should say to your mom to go take a bath. While she is in the bath you can do the dishes and take out the trash. If you start doing this at leats 2 times a week you mom would probably have less stress on her back.

April 6, 2010 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mom works two jobs and she is hardly home. When she isn't at home I like to straighten up the house and make sure she comes home to a clean, spotless environment. I also like to keep my room clean and not give attitude. Some things like not arguing with my brothers/sisters, not talking back, and things in that matter. It really makes her feel better. When she is at home I help her clean, cook, and talk to her about girl stuff. Sometimes we give each other advice and make little jokes. Also, being fun with your mom is helpful. Do each others nails, and hair. BUT sometimes our moms just want to relax and not be bothered. Making them a nice meal and leaving them alone to read a book, watch t.v or just think about stuff moms think about helps ALOT. We have all seen every side of our mothers and we know what they do and do not like. :))

April 7, 2010 at 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

help her around the house and just do simple jobs when you get home from school (hope this help xxxxxx)

April 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My parents aren't divorced but i know i would be sad if they were. Usually i clean up around the house to let her know i appreciate her. Hope this helps!!!

April 14, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my mum is often stressed and i dont know how to cope with it! I normally just leave her to it so that i dont annoy her! d:-)

April 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Estera said...

wake up early and make the house spick and span for your mom. if there is anything you know how to cook, make it for your mom. she'll love it!

April 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Nina needs help.NOW!!! :-'( said...

My mom and dad are divorced.I feel like a big part of me has sort of crumbled but its still there.I still see my dad on weekends but...I miss having someone else at home.ALSO my mom is getting very mad at me lately.Then I get mad at her and she me go to bed without reading for just saying "Thats not fair" or "NO WAY". Those words come out of my mouth before I have time to even stop them and I reeeeeally regret them after.

April 27, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Kennedy said...

My mom likes when i do chores. If you see her doing something that you yourself can do, do it say Hi mom you look tired go sit down i gotthis! Way to cheer her up!

April 27, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Grace said...

Maybe you could make her a present. That would be nice.

April 28, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try making a chores coupon book or picking her a bouqet of wild flowers or just buying some from the store? That really cheers up my mom! Also, just give her a hug nd kiss and say I love you with a smiling face! By the way, if you smile alot, it might make your mom feel more at ease, because really, she is just trying to make you happy. Return the Favor!

May 7, 2010 at 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What i do is i would make her a nice breakfeast or make her a realy nice present. Rember things that come from the heart are always more special than just buying somthing!!!!

May 7, 2010 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

make her something, filled w/love

May 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My parents split up before I was born. :(

May 16, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


May 20, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep telling her you love her very much and maybe bake her something

June 22, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing my mum likes the most is when we go out for a walk with our dogs, I think she likes it because she gets away from my sisters fighting and just gets a chance to clear her head and calm down, me and her always talk about things like how her day was and I let her talk about how she feels and let her get it out of her system, this generally puts her in a better mood but then we have to go home to my sisters gowling at each other about whos tuen it is to drive to whatever club they're going to that night and that puts her into a bad mood again but thankfully this only happens like every 2 saturday nights, few I don't think I could take it much more and I don't think it will because my sister got ingaged this weekend and will probably be moving out after the wedding:(

June 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awww that is so sweet that you do that for your mum and how you want to do even more for her

June 30, 2010 at 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just don't talk to her for a little while.... it might actually work!

July 27, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Kali-Yo wat up gurlz? said...

if u baby-sit mab give her half the $ u get? or if u don't either ask ur mom if u can start, or start ur own bussiness selling cards u make on the block or something

July 28, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Amrita said...

I usually talk to Mom and try to get her to open up about the problem. Also I try not to argue and do what she likes. :D

July 30, 2010 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Julia S said...

my parents r getting first i felt like i would never want to leave my house again..... the worst thing was, i saw my mom tell my dad and i saw a really terrible expression on my dads face.... i was scared and his sad face scared me.... i cried for a long time and i would often go and sit on my old swingset and cry..... i wouldnt want to come home from school... it was the one place where my best friends were... i had my mind off things and then i would feel depressed again... i know this isnt really about ur question... but i am just typing my feelings....i get upset when i see the note on the fridge that says "LAWYER 4PM" sometimes i scribble it out and try to forget it and i always feel like it was just a bad dream until i get a reminder.... i love my parents and i alwasy felt bad for kids of divorced parents but now i am on... my brother doesnt seem to mind at all.... i ask him why and he just says that its becuz my dad hasnt moved out yet. well, if anyone has any advice or coments... i am gonna try to visit this sight often:)

August 3, 2010 at 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im very sorry that your parents are divorced. mine are always fitting so i sorta no how you feel. a few years ago for christmas my mom was really depressed so i got a shoe box & decorated it on the outside & filles it with kisses(not the cany the type you give your mom) & hugs & gave it to her & trust me that made her now 13 & she still uses it:] i really hope this helps

August 4, 2010 at 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Deepti said...

mmm... ok... the only thing u cn do is STUDY REALLY HARD...when ma mom gets upset...she always tells me to study and dat is wat makes her happy...

August 18, 2010 at 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do a spa when i manacure her and stuff like that and i also cook her dinner she loves it

October 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Anonymous brazillianrecipes said...

I think that you don't need to anything special for your mother. Just stay close to her and give her more love.

October 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

try and not make messes around the house and always remember you are your moms best present

November 13, 2010 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous soph said...

you know what you should do. when ever you go to work with her, chat with her boss into letting you're mom take a day off and then plan something fun, like, bowling or this time of year, skiing, etc. But whatever it is, I know it'll be fun. GOOD LUCK!!!!

November 20, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, that's really sweet of you to think so highly of your mom... well, who shouldn't? There's a lot of stuff you could do, help around the house, comfort her when she's feeling sad and more. Maybe what your mom enjoys most is Mommy-Daughter time. Spend an afternoon with her. Hug, talk, laugh, and be happy! Have fun! Hope I helped!

February 3, 2012 at 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you know what's her flavour, then you can make her something like a candy or any other simple dish. You always have the internet to help you out.

June 16, 2012 at 3:49 AM  

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