Mami Talks: Celebrate all the “Moms” in Your Life!

Mami Talks: Celebrate all the “Moms” in Your Life!
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It’s May and the month to celebrate Mother’s Day! I love Mother’s Day not only to celebrate my amazing mother, but to celebrate all the different “moms” out there. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child!” I agree.

I believe that a mother is not just the woman who gave birth to you, it’s the women who have helped raise you. Think grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, step-mothers, friends, nannies and babysitters. I’m mom of one, step-mother of two and I often write about life as a mother of a blended family at Second Chances Girl, (including being a columnist at Mami of Multiples).

All these extra mothers and women who have been there, changed a diaper, calmed a crying baby, watched your kids so you could have “me” time and have cheered you on every step of the way are a wonderful guide during your motherhood journey.

A few weeks before Mother’s Day, give your kids some paper, crayons, markers, stickers and other craft supplies and have them make cards for all the special “moms” in their lives. A thoughtful and modern twist on the family tree is the Butterfly Family Tree.

Directions:
1. Give wing to this unconventional take on the family tree using colored paper, matte board, and a butterfly punch.
2. Design layout on a separate sheet, assigning colors to generations. Punch two butterflies per family member. In gold pen, write family member names on top cutout; fold each wing so only the body lies flat.
3. Glue each pair of cutouts together using crafts glue or rubber cement. Place butterflies on matte board and mark positions lightly with pencil. Glue butterflies to board.

Another easy craft is to have children recall a special moment between them like watching movies with their aunt or the favorite meal that their abuelita makes. Add a picture of your child with that person to the card. After your child is done, add a little note of appreciation from you. Then just mail out the cards or deliver personally on Mother’s day. This small token will bring huge smiles and maybe some tears to your team of “moms.”