Writing cards has always been one of my favourite things to do for people I love. As a child, my mum always got us to write thank you notes to relatives for presents, and the habit has stuck.
Kind words are a special gift. They’re an opportunity to reflect on the parts of the relationship that are most important to you, to honour the other person’s strengths and remember some of the most special times we’ve spent together.
But writing doesn’t come naturally, or easily sometimes. So here are six simple tips from Good Housekeeping that will help you get the right words on the page.
Reflect on a time when your mum was there for you:
- Was there a time in your life where you were really worried about going somewhere and your mum made it seem ok.
- “I was really struggling after having my first baby but having you there really made it so much better.”
- “I didn’t know what to do after I lost that job and just being able to call you every day made things clearer.”
2. Give her a compliment (or several)
- "You make everyone who comes to your house feel comfortable and at ease”
- "No matter how hard things have been for you, you’ve always shown us how important it is to help others.”
- "You’re such a great cook. Every meal at your house is just so delicious and comforting. Thank you! "
3. Remind her of something funny that happened in your family
- "Do you remember that time we were at the beach and the umbrella collapsed and then the car broke down and we all got badly sunburned! That was such a crappy day but you made us all laugh.”
- "On my wedding morning you made me laugh so much with the glass of champagne in your hand. You reminded me to let go of my nerves and embrace the moment!”
4. Share an important lesson she taught you:
“Without you, I’d never know how to make a cake from scratch.”
“I’ve always liked writing thank you notes because you taught me it was important for people to know how I feel.”
Tell her that you wouldn't be where you are today without her:
- "Without your encouragement I never would have travelled the world and studied as hard as I did.”
- "Mum, your support and care meant so much to me when I was living in the UK and I wasn’t ready to come home.”
- "You have taught me how important it is to be resilient, I don’t think I would have transitioned to motherhood as easily without understanding that.”
Still stuck? What about a beautiful quote or lyric from a song?
- Meghan Trainor: "You might have a mom, she might be the bomb / But ain't nobody got a mom like mine"
- Good Charlotte: "The only thing I ever had was you, it's true / And even when the times got hard you were there to let us know that we'd get through"
- Taylor Swift: "There is a video I found from back when I was three / You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you're talking to me / It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs / And Daddy's smart and you're the prettiest lady in the whole wide world."
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