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2014-05-07    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

It's not that Mom doesn't deserve an extravagantly expensive celebration of her day. It's just that over-the-top gifts and parties may not be feasible on a budget.

And speaking as a mom, I can say that what matters most to me on Mother's Day isn't the amount of money spent (in fact, I get more of a kick out of saving money, usually). What makes Mother's Day special to me is two things: getting a free pass out of normal mom work like laundry, cleaning, cooking and the like, and getting to spend time with my family. Peruse the list below for plenty of ideas that won't cost you but will still make your mom feel special. (See also: "Mother's Day gifts that show you really care.")

Give Mom the day off.

This should be the absolute minimum you do to celebrate Mother's Day, anyway: Give her a day off from all the mundane stuff she does, without complaining, day after day. Pitch in, get the whole family involved, and do the work for her.

Take the kids to the park and give Mom some quiet time.

Listen, I know a mom loves being with her kids but, especially for moms of young kids, having a little peace and quiet time is truly one of the ultimate gifts you can give. Pack up the kids, go to the park for an hour or two, and leave Mom at home to nap, watch a movie in peace, read a book, or do her nails -- whatever she wants.

Make and deliver breakfast in bed.

Yes, it's as cliched as giving Dad a tie for Father's Day, but there's a good reason here. Moms are usually the ones who hop (or crawl) out of bed and get everybody going in the morning. She deserves a break. Make a nice breakfast, deliver it to her in bed, and let her enjoy a morning off. (Post continues below.)

Take the family out for a picnic at the park.

Get in the kitchen and make some sandwiches, pasta salad, or some other portable meal. Gather up all the picnic supplies (try not to ask Mom what you should take). Then whisk everybody away to a local park for a picnic and some play time outdoors. Take a walk, sit around, talk to people, play volleyball, or go at night and watch the stars. Mom's choice.
去厨房然后做一些三明治 通心粉沙拉,或一些其他的便携式餐。收集所有的野餐用品(尝试这不问妈妈你说应该带的东西)。然后带着大家到当地的公园野餐而且给大家一些户外游玩时间。散步,大家坐在一起,和人们聊天,打排球或在晚上看星星。这是妈妈的选择。

Take a hike. Picnic optional.

Scout out some new scenery in the area, gather up the gear, and take the family on a leisurely (or energetic) hike. This is one of my favorite family activities. I love being outside, and I love especially being outside with my family.

Scout your area for free concerts or events.

Several parks in my area have free concerts over the spring and summer. There are also different festivals, farmers markets, plays, walks, and more. Search for free local events and music in your area, and take the whole family.

Have a surprise party.

Not every mom will want a surprise party on Mother's Day, so be sensitive to what the mom in your life will enjoy. I happen to love parties and especially love surprise parties, so the idea of having a surprise party on Mother's Day -- one at which the dads and kids are responsible for all the planning, prepping and cleanup -- sounds insanely fun. You have to be serious about pulling this off right, though. No fair planning it and then making Mom handle the cleanup. Do it all.
并不是每一个母亲都想在母亲节有一个惊喜派对,因此对妈妈在生活中所喜欢的东西保持一个灵敏的反映。我碰巧喜欢派对尤其是惊喜派对,因此对这个主意在母亲节上有一个惊喜派 有爸爸和孩子负责规划,准备和整理-听起来出切的有趣。尽管,你对拉动这一关权利必须保持严谨。不能公平的规划它然后让妈妈来整理。你应该做到这一切。

Tackle a project together.

My mother-in-law has a longstanding request for Mother's Day. She wants her "boys" to come over and help out with whatever current project is at hand. We usually plan a casual lunch together sometime on Mother's Day weekend, then my father-in-law and the three grown-up boys go finish up the project while we girls either sit inside and corral the kids or go outside and cheer the men on. It's a no-cost, fun and productive celebration.

Have a family movie night.

Family time is important for most moms, and finding time to do things together gets more and more difficult as kids get older and have their own social circles, jobs and events. So dedicate Mother's Day night to a special family movie night. Mom gets to pick the movies. Dad and kids provide meal and/or movie-appropriate snacks, and everyone gets to settle in for some chill time together.

Make a memory book.

For the creatively minded, or for scrapbooking moms in general, having the whole family sit down for a couple of hours to put together a family memory book could be the perfect no-cost gift. Gather supplies you already have: an empty photo album, pretty papers, stickers, photos and the like. Put an hour or two into it, and have (or help) each family member create a page individually and then put them in the book, or work on each page as a team.

Create a treasure hunt for Mom.

Kids aren't the only ones who like treasure hunts. Put some time into thinking up fun clues, then hide little treats or coupons for stuff Mom will like (such as "a night out" or "you get to pick the movie, and no one complains") and let her discover them. Follow along with a camera.

Set up a girls' night in for Mom.

If Mom hasn't had a chance to get together with girlfriends lately, why not make Mother's Day evening a special time for that? Invite a few of her best friends over, then get out of the way. Out of the house, actually, would probably be best. Let them talk, relax and enjoy some kid-free and spouse-free time together.

Take a family bike ride.

This is a great way to both kick off the summer season of great outdoor family adventures and to celebrate Mother's Day, so get the bikes out of the garage and into shape, find a nearby trail, and head out for a family bike ride. It's a good way to work off that fabulous lunch you made for Mom, anyway.
这是一个伟大的方式花费两个夏季的时间来进行户外的家庭冒险活动来庆祝母亲节 因此把自行车的车库塑造成型 寻找附近的小径 然后出去一家人一块骑自行车。无论如何,这是一个好办法在这段时间为母亲做一份令人难以置信的午餐。

Visit a free local attraction.

We often forget to be like tourists in our own towns. Here in my city, there's an award-winning free zoo, a free art museum, and a free history museum, plus many parks, nature reserves and historical sites. Take the day to visit some you haven't seen before.
在我们自己的城镇游玩我们经常忘记自己是一名游客。在我的城市 有一个获奖免费的动物园 一个免费的艺术博物馆 一个免费的历史博物馆 加上许多公园、自然保护区和历史遗迹。你可以休息一天去游览一些你以前没见过的。

Have a family pajama party.

Have everybody get comfy, throw on some fun music, and cook up breakfast for dinner while Mom gets to relax. Eat a leisurely meal, talk about family plans, and play a few games. Then tuck the kids into bed so Mom and Dad can continue the pajama party in their own room.
使每个人都得到舒适,放上一些有趣的音乐和制作早餐来使妈妈得到放松。吃一顿悠闲的午餐 谈论家庭计划 玩一些游戏。然后让孩子睡觉 妈妈和爸爸可以在他们自己的房间继续睡衣派对。

Create a new tradition.

Traditions help us create memories and give us touchstones as a family, common points of connection we can come back to even as we grow up, move away, pursue different dreams. Use Mother's Day to come up with a new family tradition, then make it something you repeat at significant times. It could be as simple as saying a family prayer or taking a family photo.
传统帮助我们创建记忆而且能够给我们作为一个家庭的试金石 常见的连接点是这样我们可以回到过去甚至当我们长大了 离开 追求不同的梦想时候。使用母亲节想出一个新的家庭传统 然后让它重复做一些在重要的时期做的事情。它像做一个家庭祈祷或采取一个家庭的照片这样简单。

Volunteer together.

Does Mom have a special cause she's passionate about? Volunteer your time as a family and find a way to give back together. Spending a few hours together while helping others will be a gift to Mom, and will benefit you as a family as you build closer relationships and learn to appreciate your blessings.
妈妈有一个特殊的引起她的激情的事情吗?为了家庭献出你的时间然后寻找一种是以家人重新在一起。花几个小时在一起来帮助别人将会是送给妈妈的一个礼物 而且将有利于你像一个家庭一样你建立更紧密的关系 学会欣赏你的祝福。

Plan a group outing.

If Mom is a social creature, then expand the family outing into a group outing. One of the things Mom is often responsible for is planning the social events, so take over that role and let her just enjoy the interaction. You can organize a picnic in the park, a group hike or bike ride, or meet up with friends for one of those free local events. Then cough up the money for some ice cream afterward.
如果妈妈是社会工作者 然后可以扩展到一个组织家庭外出郊游。妈妈的事情之一是经常负责计划的社会事件 所以接管这个角色 让她只是享受交互。你可以组织在公园野餐 一群徒步旅行 或者骑自行车 或者和朋友会面为其中的一个免费本地事件。然后那一些钱享受一些冰淇淋。

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