The coronavirus outbreak has forced all of us to change the way we live our lives. Whether it’s as a result of being forced to stay indoors or the virtual shut down of the economy, no one has come out of this unscathed. Parents in particular have been extremely busy. They have been tasked with finding ways to keep up with work and parenting, in addition to teaching their children so they could keep up with their edcation. As Mother’s Day approaches, many families are undoubtedly looking for ways to thank their mothers for all their hard work. Here’s how to do so and still stay allergy safe.
It’s best to go with what you know. While it may seem exciting to surprise mom with a new recipe or candy bar, it might not be worth it in the end. Instead, stick to giving her foods that you already know she’s tried and loved. Sometimes, enjoying an old favorite is more enjoyable anyways.
If you aren’t super familiar with allergy safe cooking, it may be best to stick to the safe brands. There are a number of brands that pride themselves on being completely allergy free – meaning that they do not use or produce any of the top 8 allergens. While these brands may be slightly on the pricier side, they can keep you confident that your mother’s meal will be totally allergy safe.
For some people, knowing their allergen isn’t in their food, is enough. For others, they can’t handle shared lines or even shared facilities. Make sure you know exactly what mom can have before preparing her any delicacies. If needed, you can always contact the company to find out any additional information. You may be surprised at some of the great options out there.
Whether it’s because the recipe might have been changed for the holiday, or as a result of coronavirus, or maybe it’s just your need to be vigilant all of the time, make sure you double check those wrappers. Read the ingredients as well as the allergy information and even check the website. Before putting anything on your mother’s plate, make sure you are sure there’s nothing in it that can hurt her.
Don’t try to do it all on your own, it’s okay to ask for help. Even if you are an adult, your mother’s allergies may not be so familiar to you – especially if you haven’t been living with her for a number of years. Use help from the people living with mom to ensure that you are keeping your meals completely allergy friendly.
Appreciation doesn’t always need to be shown through the stomach. While a delicious meal will surely put a smile on mom’s face, if you don’t feel comfortable taking that risk, there are a number of ways to enjoy Mother’s Day without the traditional breakfast in bed:
Make Her a Card – Arts and crafts are an old family favorite, and there’s a reason why. A little glitter, some cut out hearts and a hand written poem, are all part of the perfect recipe for a mother’s day surprise.
Actions Speak Louder – Sometimes the best gift is a day of rest. Everyone knows a mother’s work never ends, but maybe you can take a little off her load – literally. Do a load of laundry, clean up the kitchen or take the dog for a walk. Anything that will show mom you care.
Get a Gift – This one may seem obvious, but who doesn’t love a great present? Many stores are still shipping out online orders and a number of them will even get to you overnight. Find something you know mom will love and make sure it’s waiting for her Sunday morning.
Let Her Choose – This mothers day, give your mother the gift of freedom. Make the day about her. Tell her that she has the whole day to spend any way she wants and then make sure it happens. Watch her favorite movie with no complaints, keep your voice down if she wants to nap, even treat her to a massage or fun mani / pedi in bed.
Quality Time – Quarantine is the perfect time to forget about the normal hustle and bustle of life and just spend some quality time with mom. Put away the phones and the computers, find something you all love to do and waste the day away. The point of mother’s day isn’t to see who can make the biggest production, but rather to show mom that you appreciate all of her hard work. Sometimes, a little time can go a long way.
Everything has been a little different this year, from normal life to holidays. However, this year – more than ever – our mothers deserve our appreciation. It doesn’t matter what it is you do, just that you take the time to say thank you. And remember, leaving a bigger mess for mom – even if your intentions were good – isn’t always the best idea.
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