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Mother's Day With Little Ones

A handy guide to help little ones pitch in on Mother's Day.
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So what does a mom of young kids really want on Mother's Day?

A day of sleep perhaps.

Or a spa getaway.

Maybe a shopping trip in the city.

But besides letting mom sleep in or sending her off for an utterly relaxing spa weekend, or showering her with gift cards for her favorite haunts, there are a host of other ways to celebrate moms on their special day.

Here are some ideas on how small children can help celebrate mother's day. The most important thing to remember as the mom, dad or grandparent helping the little one is that young children love to do special things for mom, such as making her a gift, taking her someplace, or celebrating with a special meal.

The best way to start mother's day though is with the gift of downtime. What mom usually needs most is a few hours' break. So start the day by letting her rest, and taking the kids out to pick up breakfast for her.

"On Mother's Day, most Moms get a much-needed day's break from the swirling midst of crazed schedules and competing demands on their time," said Stacy DeBroff, CEO of the Web site momcentral.com. "In taking some hours off, they realize how often they run on empty while trying to keep up with the demands of children, home, and relationships, not to mention when work is thrown in the mix."

Here's how you can make life easier for mom. Help her out by taking the kids grocery shopping and stocking the refrigerator for the week. Or buy new clothes for the kids, Debroff said. "Take care of all the other detailed, routine and often undesired minutiae of raising a family -- moms are primarily in charge," she said.

So once you've given mom a little break, then let the kids show why they love her so much. You could go on a picnic with the family and let the kids pick out food for everyone. You could bake cookies or a cake with your children and have them present the goodies to mom.

The best option for helping little ones celebrate Mother's Day is to have Dad, Grandma or another adult help them make something for Mom, said Elizabeth Pantley, parent educator and author of several parenting books. "Homemade gifts will mean more because they involve the child in the entire process, and it's like giving a piece of themselves," she said. "Gifts don't need to be elaborate to be enjoyed and cherished -- a traced and colored handprint or a self-portrait can become some of mom's favorite keepsakes."

You can help a child make an art project for mom. The child could draw or paint a picture and write a sentence or two about what he or she likes to do when spending time with mom. Then frame the picture and the words. It will melt her heart.

Kids also enjoy making bracelets and jewelry for their moms. Look for a bracelet or bead shop in your town. You can also look online at kidsdomain.com for ideas on how to make a bracelet.

Or work with your kids to make a home-made picture frame. Let the kids go wild and use fun material -- buy them faux rhinestones or cute stickers to place on the frame. Then let the kids pick out the photos of themselves.

Another do-it-themselves gift is a pretty potted flower pot, according to kidsdomain.com. Pick one in white and let the kids paint it.

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