Your mom did a great job taking care of you when you were under the weather. From making chicken soup when you had the flu to shuttling you and your friends around town, moms always seem to know how to make their kids feel better. So what happens when mom is sick at home with a 103-degree fever? Or she has a super crummy day at work? It’s your turn to return the favor. Here are four sure-fire ways to cheer up mom.
Spend Time with Her
One of the best ways to help your mom feel better is to hang out with her for awhile. She’s your mom so she’ll probably worry you’ll catch her flu bug. Keep your distance and wash your hands frequently to halt the spread of germs. She might not be up for a long chat, but she would probably love to watch one of her favorite shows or a movie with you. Swing by a Redbox movie kiosk and pick up a couple of new releases. Make sure she has plenty of water and Gatorade close by and a bowl of Saltines.
If mom needs something to distract her from a crummy day and she feels up to it, bring along board games. Grandkids should stay away if she’s sick, but if she’s not contagious, encourage a friendly game of Uno or Monopoly.
Send Her a Gift Basket
Cheer mom up with a special gift basket delivery, chock-full of her favorite fruits and snacks. The Fruitful Greeting Gourmet Basket is a great choice for your flu-fighting mom. It contains eight vitamin-C-packed oranges along with red and green apples, cheese, crackers, salami, cookies and more. Or, if she’s a chocolate lover, cheer her up with a basket of decadent Godiva chocolates. Noshing on treats you sent her will definitely make her feel better.
Call, Text or Email
If your mom is not up for visitors, you can still check in frequently with your phone; send her a text every few hours to see how she is feeling and ask if you can pick up anything for her. Take some funny selfies and text them or shoot her a longer email. If you have kids, have them make “get well” cards or splice together a mini movie for grandma. Your mom will be thrilled that you are taking the time to dote on her from afar. Just seeing your texts will boost her mood.
Do Her Chores
Even though she knows it shouldn’t bother her, that sink full of dishes is probably driving your mom nuts. To prevent her from overdoing it, do some of her chores. Throw in a load of laundry right after you arrive and while it’s spinning take your mom’s dog for a walk around the neighborhood. While the clothes are drying, tackle the dishes and then run the vacuum. Put fresh towels in the bathroom and maybe even a fresh cut flower. Clean the tablecloth on the dining table. Watch as your mom perks up right before your eyes.