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Okay Dads, we all know "she's not your Mum," but she is the Mother of your children, and Mother's Day is a perfect time to show your appreciation for the partner that she is in this tough job of parenting.
Where to start? Well, last year we started by busting a few myths. The myths have not changed, so let's play with some more myth-busting answers to get you rolling:
Myth #1) Homemade is best: Myth. Homemade is cute and fun but so is jewelry; and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out a custom jeweller like Precious Touch, and have something customised with your kids' names or something special; you can even give a gift certificate and have your wife participate in the process (especially if you're running late, ahem).
2) She needs to spend all day with the kids on Mother's Day: Myth. She spends all day with the kids every day. Give your wife some time to herself on Mother's Day, perhaps even push her out the door with an endota day spa gift certificate in hand. If you're giving her a spa anything, make sure it comes with guilt-free time to execute. Starts as low as $31 weekdays; or send her on a day trip with one of her friends. Of course, she'll want to spend some quality time with the kids today, so maybe execute breakfast in bed first.
3) Going out for a meal will be fun: Myth. Okay, I guess it depends on the ages of your kids. If you're planning to go out, maybe include your wife in the plan. You may just end up with stress and embarrassment at the restaurant, not to mention blood, sweat, and tears, as well as a waste of hard earned money on whatever the kids didn't eat in the midst of their tantrums. If you do decide to head out, check this handy list of Indoor Playgrounds and this list of Restaurants in Victoria with Playgrounds; if you would like a more civilised dinner or perhaps your kids are a bit older, check out The Buckingham Best Western for their Mother's Day dinner special, from $55.
So buy her some bling to go with the macaroni necklace, order take away, send her out, and eat with the kids. Now that we've debunked some myths, here are five more fabulous finds for Fathers to buy Mothers for Mother's Day:
1) Start a Mother's Day journal with your kids. Instead of a Mother's Day card from the kids each year, start a journal like this one. File it somewhere safe and bring it out again next year, and the year after, and the year after. When your youngest is about 10 or 12, digitally scan all of the pages into a hard cover photo book for an amazing keep sake.
2) Help your kids to drum up some breakfast and bring it to your wife/partner in bed... after she has had a long sleep-in of course. It's a classic. Pair it with a completed copy of this pdf printable, and perhaps a little bling, and you're set.
3) Think outside the box. Brunch or high tea on Mother's Day is going to be busy, expensive, and potentially hard on your wife and your kids. What does your wife like? Can you start or renew a certain magazine subscription on her favourite hobby or a topic of interest? Are there any shows coming to Melbourne that she'd love to have tickets to? Maybe a day of tree surfing?
4) Romance is an investment in your relationship with your wife, and a perfect way to express your appreciation for all that she does as the mother of your children. It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day to wait for a romantic dinner out. Peninsula Hot Springs has some great social baths that you can have fun at with the whole family, or book the Dreaming Centre for a kidless time at the hot springs.
5) Combined with some of the ideas above, a donation to a cause that your wife believes in can also be a very meaningful and thoughtful gift. How about adopting and naming a dolphin as a family project? Sponsoring a child? Or donating to St Kilda Mums, as a way of sharing the joy of motherhood with those in need.
There you have it Super-Dads; you got this! Get out your cape and get ready to shine this Mother's Day, because your wife is worth it (she's worth it every day, but today's a good day to remind her that you know so)!