Sunday 15th March is an especially important date in the calendar for all working mum’s – it is of course Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is known in the UK. It has become synonymous with being a day dedicated to mother’s across the country, a day for them to relax, put their feet up and enjoy being appreciated by their kids for everything they do for them.
The U.S. version of Mother’s Day, originated as a celebration to honor everyone’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. First celebrated as a holiday in 1908, due to the efforts of Anna Jarvis who campaigned to make “Mother’s Day” a recognised holiday in the United States. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother who was a peace activist who had cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.
In the UK Mothering Sunday is a Christian Holiday, a date for people to return to their ‘Mother (main) Church’ to celebrate the fourth Sunday of the festival of lent. It evolved to become a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours, and servants were not given free days on other occasions. The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition became the celebration known today, with the tradition of giving gifts to mothers.
It seems that the shine may have come off Mother’s Day though, as a survey carried out a couple of years ago by the Cooperative (food company), showed that seven in ten mum’s still do most of the chores on this day. Two-thirds of mum’s said they didn’t feel any more special on Mother’s Day and six in 10 mum’s will still be the first parent up with the children in the morning.
The survey also showed that last year the average mum was treated to an hour and a half pampering before the whole family got tired of their efforts. On the bright side, 43 per cent of mums were given chocolates, 40 per cent woke up to flowers and 43 per cent received regular cups of tea from their partners during the day.
As a working mum having some special pampering time is a real treat, so if you are amongst the 66 per cent of mums for whom mother’s Day is just another Sunday, why don’t you take the initiative and make time at work on Friday 13th March, to take some time out for yourself and have a manicure or pedicure or a relaxing on site massage.
An India Head massage is a soothing and relaxing treatment which includes massage and acupressure techniques on the head, neck and shoulders that leave you feeling calm yet energised and better able to concentrate. A great massage to give every working mum the extra energy they will need to cope with yet another hectic weekend entertaining the kids!
(survey source: http://www.workingmums.co.uk/working-mums-magazine/news/5807244/no-rest-for-mums-on-mothers-day.thtml)