Appreciate mom this weekend

By Natalie Stanowski, Assistant Special Sections editor

With only a month left of classes, it is finally time for Moms Weekend. While most of us probably saw our moms over spring break, it is still nice to see them after the stressful midterm season. Our moms have always been there for us. Whether it’s acting as a shoulder to cry on or cheering us on at concerts and competitions, they are always doing their best to support us. To show how grateful you are for all she has done, here a few things you can do to show your appreciation this Moms Weekend.

Treat your mom to her favorite meal

While we are all broke college students, spending a bit of your hard-earned cash to treat your mother goes a long way to show your appreciation. Sure, it’s nice to have your parents pay when they visit, but surprising them by footing the bill will mean the world.

If you cannot afford to take your mom out for a nice dinner, consider cooking for her. If you live in an apartment or a dorm with a kitchenette, take a quick trip to the grocery store and whip up your mom’s favorite dish. Not only will you save some money by avoiding the restaurant route, but it will give you a chance to impress your mom with your cooking skills.

Be a chauffeur for a day

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Your mom is likely taking her own car to campus this weekend, but that does not mean she needs to drive you all over town. If you have a car of your own, consider taking her in yours instead. She’ll be sure to appreciate the break after the long car ride to the University. If you have the time, you could even give her a scenic tour of campus.

Go on a shopping spree

No, you do not need to pay for your mom’s shopping spree, but consider spending part of the weekend going window shopping. Green Street may be lacking boutiques, but the Market Place Shopping Center is a quick drive away. Take the opportunity to catch up with your mom, and spend some quality time bonding while you browse.

Surprise her with a “Moms Weekend” back at home

Not all moms will be making the trip down to campus this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you will not be able celebrate with her! If your mom is within driving or bus distance, consider paying her a surprise visit instead. If your mom is too busy or otherwise unable to visit for the occasion, nothing would make her happier than to see you.


Natalie is a sophomore in LAS.

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