Have you ever truly stopped to consider how many women it took to shape you into the person you are today? There’s a strong chance more women had a hand in raising you than just your mother (or the mother figure in your life).
Sometimes, a motherly influence comes in the form of a grandmother, an aunt, or a family friend. Such a person could also be a friend’s mother or a mentor who has carried you through various stages of life.
Mothers come to us in many forms.
Why not celebrate all of your motherly relationships on Mother’s Day? This year, we’d like to encourage you to look beyond your mom alone. Not sure where to begin or who to include?
Team Greetabl is going to walk you through the relationships you should be thinking about this Mother’s Day season:
The Incredible Mom in Your Workplace
Do you have a co-worker that is a total boss in the workplace and a kick-ass mom? “Happy Mother’s Day!” will go a long way to this person and help them feel acknowledged for all the things they do. Remember they’re juggling an additional full-time job. Their work only begins after they log-off for the day.
The Woman Who is “Everyone’s Mom”
You know that person in your circle who is like a mother to everyone? We’d bet you know one (or a few!) of these women. Think of Julie Andews’ portrayal of Mary Poppins in The Sound of Music. “Everyone’s mom” kind of people are naturally loveable, big encouragers, and always know what to say when you need it.
The Amazing Aunt, Grandma, or Extended Family Member
Aunts and grandmas have a reputation for serving as your cool, fun sidekick. If these women played a special role in your life, you should thank them for their care and support.
The Wonderful Stepmother
We know this holiday is tricky to navigate for both a stepchild and stepparent. Ultimately, everyone’s situation is different, and there’s not a universal approach to take. Consider what will be healthy for you and your family dynamic. If your situation allows, we’d encourage you to think of thoughtful ways to include your stepmother in your Mother’s Day celebrations.
The Badass Mom Friend
Encourgement for friends who are mothers is never wasted. Regardless of what stage of life her children are in, she needs to hear that she is doing a great job. You should be a voice of reinforcement to tell her how amazing she is at being a mother. Bonus points if you can compliment her children’s character.
The Family Friend or Mentor Who Has Helped You Every Step of the Way
Mentors are the built-in people in your corner. They look out for your best interest, and most often, offer unbiased opinion and grounded advice. The best kind help guide you personally and professionally. They are the first to cheer for your success and the first to support you when you stumble.
What to Say to Your Important Women on Mother’s Day
One of the things we hear most commonly is, “I’d love to reach out to ______ for ______, but I am just not sure what to say.” If you have writer’s block, refer to a few of the prompts below for inspiration:
- Happy Mother’s Day to my “other mother”. How lucky I am to have you in my life.
- You’ve always treated me like a [son/daughter] and I’ve come to love you like a mother.
- Happy Mother’s Day to a fantastic mother and a phenomenal person.
- Happy Mother’s Day to someone who is truly like a mother to me.
- Having you in my life is like having another mother, only you don’t nag as much. 😂
- You’ve been like a mom to me—someone I can tell anything and ask anything. Thank you for being such an important person in my life.
- Just wanted to recognize you on Mother’s Day for being such a caring and positive influence in my life. I’m forever grateful, and I look up to you more than you know.
- I hope it doesn’t come as a surprise that we’re thinking of you today. After all, you’ve loved me just like a mom.
Don’t see a type of influential woman in your life on this list? Let us know! We’re happy to hear who else is worthy of celebrating, so feel free to start a convo with us in our DMs. We’d love to hear from you!
It’s important to be mindful that Mother’s Day can be triggering for many. Coping with infertility, harmful relationships with mothers, among many other reasons is challenging. Before reaching out, consider your recipient and possible hurts they may be experiencing during this holiday. We have designs created for those trying to conceive, for those who have experienced the loss of a child, and for those who generally have a tough time with Mother’s Day.