SURVEY SAYS: Mother’s Day Plans

Sunday was Mother’s Day.

By Rebecca Moore | May 15, 2017
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “What, if any, plans do you have for Mother’s Day?”

Forty percent of responding readers said they will visit their mothers and/or grandmothers. More than 17% each chose “taking mother and/or grandmother out for a meal” and “children visiting you and/or taking you out.” Ten percent indicated they will just call their mother and/or grandmother, 7.5% plan to go to church with mother and/or grandmother, 5% are visiting children, and 2.5% are having mother and/or grandmother over for a visit and/or meal. Another 2.5% reported they have no plans.

“Other” response included:

  • I will remember her fondly and offer a thankful prayer for having had her as my mom.
  • Going to brunch with a couple of other mothers whose kids are not in town.
  • Quiet day at home with son and husband
  • Going to visit mother-in-law after yoga with daughter
  • Mani/pedi with my mom!
  • Probably a quiet day at home being pampered by husband. The older generation is all gone and my kids and grandkids all live on the other side of the country. I expect there will be lots of phones calls and Facetime.
  • get together with son and grandchildren and do a special drive or hike
  • For several years now, my brother-in-law fixes a huge Mother's Day meal for all the mothers in both families.
  • My husband is making breakfast, lunch and dinner for me. That and planting flowers with my "tweenage" sons will make for a perfect Mother's Day!
  • Going to the zoo with my daughter and son in law
  • Taking mother-in-law to lunch
  • Taking my mother to her favorite art festival locally.
  • I'll spend the day with my dad
  • Parent wise, I am down to just my mother-in-law. My husband and I are taking her to church and lunch. Our children are working or out of town, so hopefully I get cards from them.
  • Taking my mother to my brother's house 1.5 hours away for a visit.

In verbatim comments, a couple of readers noted that going to a restaurant on Mother’s Day can mean crowds and rushed service. A couple also reminded us that there are some fathers who have served in the mother’s role as well for some people. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “As a mother of boys, I have to make the plans and tell them what I want, or I am lucky to get a card.” I can relate.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!