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Keeping in touch when you’re social distancing

Mother’s Day, along with pretty much everything else, is shaping up to be very different this year. For many of us, spa days and pub lunches are out and even spring strolls might not be possible. Sadly, trips to see older relatives with the kids are almost certainly off the cards. Here are a few ideas to make sure Mother’s Day 2020 is still a winner.

On the day
FaceTime can’t beat a hug, but thankfully, tech is making all this social distancing much easier. Tech-savvy grannies will appreciate seeing cheeky little faces and, if you’ve got the wherewithal and suitably cooperative children, prop up iPad granny so she can join a family game of snakes and ladders or enjoy another hit “show” performed by the children.

Mail it out
It’d take one heck of a spa trip to top a hand-made card featuring a poster paint flower and badly-spelt declaration of love in wobbly handwriting. If you’re having to stay away from mum, get a handmade card in the post ASAP. If it looks like school/nursery aren’t going to have a chance to make them this week, a few hints may be in order to make sure this is produced at home…

Signed, sealed, delivered
If you’re going to be apart from your mum this Mother’s Day, now’s the time to get ordering – a personalised card, some flowers, chocolates, or a bottle of something could take the sting out of not seeing the grandchildren. Or, if you leave it too late to get something over in the post, deploy a clever trick and offer to treat her to a little something from Uber Eats, Deliveroo or Just Eat for Sunday dinner.

Keep it local
If you’ll be social distancing on Sunday, consider buying vouchers for local restaurants, beauty therapists and attractions as gifts to look forward to. If you were planning on going out to eat, see if you can order a delivery instead. Saves digging into the dwindling pasta supply or having yet another jacket spud with own-brand beans… luxury.

Adjust expectations
You may not be able to spend the day joyfully galloping around a National Trust property before sitting down for a lovely pub meal. However – how about a very long lie-in with breakfast in bed followed by a bath instead?

It’s the thought that counts – letting mum know that she’s very special and in your thoughts is every bit as special as any gift. PS, an IOU voucher is also a great idea and something to look forward to later in the year.

 

Words: Lizzie Catt, a Parent Advisor at bubble, an app which provides recommended, reliable & flexible childcare to over 100k users in the UK www.joinbubble.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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