Write a mother's day thank you note to your mom
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Write a mother’s day thank you note to your mom

This year I encourage you to write your mom a thank-you note for Mother’s Day. This can be done in addition to any other gifts that you may have planned for her.

Our moms brought us into this world! Your mom may look at your note again and again. It may become a keepsake that she holds dear.

Thank your mom with handwritten thank-you note

I have a wonderful mom. I am not a mother. The examples and ideas in this article are based on things I think moms would like to be thanked for. If you are a mom I suggest thinking about what you would like to be thanked for. If your mom also did those things, thank your mom for them. After all, you likely learned them from her!

Make the thank-you note handwritten

I suggest handwriting your thank you note. If you do your mom will be able to keep the note if she chooses. You can also pick out a card design that she will like. Also, it will feel more personal and permanent than an email. If you need thank-you note cards I suggest add some to your next Amazon (affiliate link) order. choose a well-known brand to ensure you get a quality product (such as Lang or Suzy’s Zoo). Or pick up a card at your local store.

If you are buying a Mother’s Day card, your note can be written inside the card or on a separate piece of paper or stationery.

Ideas of what to thank your mom for

Her Time. Thank her for all the time she has spent with you and possibly your children. Has she been the go-to last-minute babysitter in a pinch? Does she help you whenever you need it? Does she drop everything to help you with your kids when they are sick or in trouble? Does she give you a ride when you need it? Does she let you borrow her vehicle?

She brought you into this world. You would not be here without your her! I am fortunate to be alive as I was born early 6 weeks early and came out breech. This was not an easy time for my parents. I have a twin brother. He stayed with mom and I was sent with Dad to another hospital for a week. And they had to care for our 2 older siblings.

She chose you. If you are adopted, you can thank her for choosing you. You were handpicked!

Being a good mom. This was on my mom’s list when I asked what she would like to be thanked for by her children. The criteria for what makes a “good” mom will vary as we all have our own perspectives. If you think your mom was a “good” mom be sure to be sure to mention it.

Sick visits/help. Did she sit with your while you were in the ER? Did she drive hours to help you when your child was very sick? When you are sick does she pick up your favorite beverage (got to stay hydrated!) and bring it over? Does she watch your kids when they are sick so that you do not have to take off of work? When you, or spouse, child, were in the hospital did she visit you?

Heidi with her mom

Heidi with her mom

Food. Since I’ve taken up cooking and ditched almost all processed food, I’ve come to appreciate the amount of time, energy, and planning that goes into your home-cooked meals. Growing up my mom was the primary preparer of our meals. We do not go out to eat very much and Mom had dinner on the table when Dad came home from work. My mom still makes Sunday lunch for my family that is around each week! Food shared with others is a blessing. The hands that prepared it should be thanked. If your dad did/does most of the cooking then be sure to thank him on Father’s day!

Packing your lunch – My mom packed 99% of my lunches for school and work until I was 25. I admit it that I was a little spoiled in this area. I didn’t really appreciate the amount of time and planning to make lunches until I had to make my own! She was also making lunch for all other family members living at home and herself. For a few years, that was up to seven lunches a day. That’s a lot of lunches. An effort that could be recognized even years later.

Being your friend – I call my mom at least a few times a week. She’s not only my mom but my friend! If you have a great relationship with your mom, thank her for it.

She takes interest in your adult life. You are an adult now and she still wants to know what is going on in your life and her kids. I do not have any kids but she often asks about my husband and our cats.

Unconditional Love – She loves you no matter what you’ve done. You’ve made mistakes. She’s helped you even if you went against her advice and things didn’t turn out well. She’s loved you even when you lied about where you were going (perhaps, when you were a teenager) and then you got caught.

Played games with you. My mom taught my siblings and me to play Scrabble. It was one of our favorite games growing up and we still play it together. The game was fun but also meant that she was spending time with us. And it turns out that maybe she made up some rules!

She comes to your sporting events. When I attend my nephew’s baseball games there is usually not a parent there for every kid that is playing. That may be impossible for some parents due to jobs (or whatever). If your mom was able to be there thank her for coming. If she comes to your kids’ events thank her for that too.

This note can be longer than a typical thank-you note. Share what is in your heart. The ideas above are just that. You know your mom best and what you should be thanking her for.

Mother’s Day Thank-You Note Examples:

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve been reflecting on all the things you’ve done for me during my life and want to thank you. Thank you for being a good mom. You were there for me when I was growing up and continue to support me in my adult life.

I also appreciate the unconditional love and support even when I made mistakes and you tried to warn me. I should have taken your advice. I enjoy talking with you throughout the week. And I am thankful for the cooking tips and questions answered as I have tried out new recipes and cooking techniques.

Thanks for everything you do.
Love,
Heidi


 

Dear Mom,

I want to thank you for all the food you have prepared for me since you brought me into this world. From finding the right formula that I could digest to packing my lunch while I lived at home. And now, you continue to bless us with Sunday lunch. I am thankful for all the homemade meals and the time spent with family at the dinner table.

Also, thank you for all the times you have helped out when I’ve been sick. I really didn’t think I was going to make it after I had my wisdom teeth out in high school. I felt like I was going to go crazy from the medicine.

You are a wonderful mother not only to me but to my siblings and their kids as well. Thanks for all you do.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Love,
Heidi


 

Dear Mom,

Thank you for helping me out so much lately. I appreciate that you’ve come to my aid when I needed a ride to pick up my car. I have been enjoying our monthly lunches at [insert restaurant name].

Happy Mother’s Day!
Love,
Heidi


 

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day!

I am so thankful that you are my mom. I am glad that you choose to adopt me and I feel like I could not have asked for a better mother. I love you very much and appreciate all that you have done for me.

Love,
Heidi


 

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you for coming to my baseball games. The weather this year has been cold and rainy. Other moms have chosen to stay home but you came to every home game regardless of the weather. I appreciate your support. And thanks for packing me pre-game snacks.

Love,
Heidi

Mother’s Day Thank-You Note Templates:

Dear [Insert Mom or however you refer to your mom],

Paragraph 1 can be something you are currently thankful for. Be as specific as possible.

Paragraph 2 can be something from growing up or as a teenager. Something that you probably that you took for granted and did appreciate at the time. Be as specific as possible.

Add a summary thank-you like “Thanks for everything” or “Thanks for all you do” or “You are the best mom ever” or “I could not have asked for a better mother”. Pick something that feels true and not cheesy.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Love,
[Insert Your Name]

Shorter version:

If a long thank-you note feels like too much, that’s fine too. Focus on current events that you can thank her for. Or if your mom was not a “good” mom growing up but is now, focus on the present.

Dear [Insert Mom or however you refer to your mom],

Two or three sentences about something you are currently thankful for. Be as specific as possible.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Love,
[Insert Your Name]

Remember to keep thanking your mom all year. When she does nice things for you send her a thank-you or find another way to thank her. You do not need to save a list for Mother’s Day!

I hope these ideas and examples will help you with writing a Mother’s Day thank-you to your mom. Remember to write what makes sense for your relationship!

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