Beautiful Things to Do and Say on Mother’s Day
By Ron Smith
Celebrating Moms: Climb, Love, Learn
Sat, May 9, 10am-2pm
Santa Fe Learning Centers
Carretera Dolores, 3 km from Centro
Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day in both Mexico and the US. Has that ever happened before? Here are a few things kids and moms can do on Mother’s Day weekend.
Bird walk at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden for 40 pesos (or at the presa for free).
Look for birds and other interesting things along the trails. Stop often, look, and listen. Listen to each other and the sounds of nature. You might ask each other, if you could be a bird which one would you be and why? What social characteristics do we share with birds? Sparrows try to blend in; bluebirds and peacocks are flashy and show off; ostriches supposedly hide their heads in the sand to avoid conflict. Vultures do the “dirty work” that no one else wants to do. Options: Stop in the gift shop and pick up a bird book. Bring binoculars. www.elcharco.org.mx.
Find a quiet place in Parque Juárez, and each of you can make a list. Each sentence starts the same: “What I love about you is….” Fill in the blank at the end. Then write another and another and another. An example: What I love about you is… “You love me just the way I am.” Then take turns reading them to each other; take a deep breath and a moment of silence after each turn. Sit facing each other so you can look eye to eye.
Make beaded bracelets. Older kids can go to a jewelry supply store and buy some inexpensive glass or stone beads and surprise Mom. Moms can do it for younger kids. Get some sturdy bracelet cord that fits through the hole size in the beads. Pick bead colors Mom likes (ask her) and think about a nice object or feeling that goes with each object. Write these down to help you remember. When you give her the bracelet, tell her about each bead, why you chose it, and what it means. Moms can ask younger kids about their choices.
Climb and learn with Santa Fe Learning. At our challenge course Mom and child will work together to build trust, have fun, overcome fears, and improve communication with engaging and playful activities. Spending time together outdoors while enjoying physical and emotional challenges are meaningful ways to thank and celebrate our mothers. All Santa Fe Learning Centers programs have important roles for all physical abilities.
Finally, for a sweet end to Mother’s Day, watch Love You Forever on YouTube.
Ron Smith is a trained parenting instructor and experiential facilitator at Santa Fe Learning Centers here in San Miguel. Facebook.com/santafelearning and www.santafelearning.com