“Motherhood is not for the faint of heart.”Danielle Steel.
This Post Is All About The Best Mother’s Day Occupational Therapy Crafting Activity
Mother’s Day is May 14th, 2023, so now is the time to start seriously planning what gift to purchase and celebration festivities (i.e., brunch or spa).
According to a 2018 study by Welch’s (yes, the juice company), being an American mother equals 2.5 full-time jobs. The researchers surveyed 2,000 mothers with children between the ages of 5-12 and concluded:
Here is a link to the New York Times article:
If stay-at-home mothers (SAHM) could be compensated for their employment, they could earn anywhere from $162,581 to $184,820 a year, depending on the number of children.
The early mornings, late nights, and no paid time off (PTO) add up the work hours quickly. Motherhood is a huge personal sacrifice, so make sure the father of your children can provide this.
“Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.”Unknown.
I once heard somewhere that our roles are job descriptions, which has completely shifted my mindset. I want you to imagine an employer asking you to perform the following:
Imagine your supervisor asking you to be on call 24/7 and work 14-hour days without vacation. Would you accept it?
A mother’s workload is “invisible” until it’s not done. A mother’s sacrifice is only recognized one day a year, which is why celebrating Mother’s Day is so important.
The best Mother’s Day activity for Occupational Therapy is having your students or patients create a custom-made card for their mothers or mother figures, such as:
A custom-made Mother’s Day card is so meaningful to a mother and a great way to work on fine motor and creativity skills. This activity can also be utilized for multiple sessions, so there’s less treatment planning for the OT and no rush for the students.
I’ve noticed that individuals with mental health diagnoses struggle to understand the perception of and care for others. This is an easy way to open a dialogue about social interactions.
Please remember that there are no right or wrong answers, and the thought counts. Here are three ideas to add to the Mother’s Day card for a unique and personal touch:
Your supplies, your company’s budget, and the time frame are considered when purchasing your Mother’s Day card materials. Please feel free to make substitutions as needed.
The first item on each list is what I would use to give you a frame of reference.
Here’s a link to Etsy to give you an idea: https://www.etsy.com/market/craft_gems
To capture the handprint, use the following methods:
“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t bring them along.”Margaret Culkin Banning.
For the cover of the card, I’d recommend drawing (or printing, coloring, and gluing) a picture of their mother’s birth flower and decorate with rhinestones or crafting gems to represent her birthstone. If your student or patient doesn’t know their mother’s birthday, they can do their birth month.
These are the respective flowers and birthstones for each month:
“It’ll be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear.”Dorothy Eislin.
You are never too old to give your mother your handprints, and it’s such a meaningful gift. She helped you physically grow your hands and taught you the skills to use them.
From the moment she held your hand to cross the street to the high fives to everything in between, there is something so intimate and special about handprints.
“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”Elizabeth Stone.
There’s something magical about watching your baby’s face transition from their young child face to their pre-teen face to their teenage face to their adult face.
There will be brief, fleeting moments where you see a glimpse of their baby face, which makes you realize how fast they are growing up, yet so little.
Life gets so busy that we often need to remember to take pictures. Pictures are a great way to capture a memory to reflect on later in life.
Encourage your students to write from their hearts, but here are some prompt writing ideas:
My dearest Mama, (insert date)
Thank you for helping me with the following:
Three words to describe you are:
The most important lesson you taught me was:
The best advice you ever gave me was:
My favorite thing about you is:
My favorite memory with you was:
One day I want us to:
I love you and appreciate everything you do and continue to do for me.
Consider interviewing your mother as a record of history. I highly recommend writing her responses down or recording them so you can remember her voice.
Here are some great questions to ask your mother:
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