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Breaking Tradition

Celebrating Mother’s Day & Father’s Day In A Non-Traditional Way

When it comes to holidays, we typically focus on the “A-listers” — basically anything from October 31st through January 1st. We adorn our homes with decorations, drink festive, adult-friendly concoctions, and delight in the company of loved ones. Then, there are the “B-listers;” the holidays that employees won’t receive increased pay for working; the holidays that fluctuate in importance depending on where you’re at in life.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are two such holidays. That said, just because there isn’t an entire season dedicated to these holidays, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be celebrated. The trouble with holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is, as previously mentioned, the degree of celebration directly correlates to one’s unique relationship (or lack thereof) with his or her parents.

The important thing to remember is this: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be whatever you want them to be.

There is a bounty of information online that is dedicated to celebrating these holidays in traditional, two-parent households. If you frequent our co-op, you know that New Leaf is not a traditional grocery store. As such, it only makes sense that we provide you with a wealth of information to help you celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day no matter what your family dynamic happens to be.

The Safe Choice
The “safe choice” is what you will see advertised over and over again: breakfast in bed, a day of pampering, new grill supplies. If you’re in the dark, you can’t go wrong with one of these options. The trick here is to spruce things up a bit; fortunately, New Leaf has you covered. Grab breakfast from our hot bar (or make your own breakfast at home using our various fresh, organic ingredients). Hit up our Wellness Department for all-natural spa products. Buy some high-quality meat that is begging to be grilled. You get the idea.

The “Firsts”
The “firsts” are the parents that are celebrating Mother’s Day or Father’s Day for the first time. This is not only an exciting time in their lives, but an overwhelming one as well. Obviously, asking for a day of pampering can be a bit uncomfortable. If you know a “first,” or if you are a “first,” giving the gift of time is very appreciated. Hire a cleaning service; send mom (or dad) out for a massage; get dad (or mom) tickets to a game. This is an exciting time for the “firsts,” but it’s also a tiring time. Gifting moments of relaxation are not only appreciated, they are very much needed.

The Singles
Being a parent is hard work, and many would argue that being a single parent is harder. This is a murky area because there are a lot of factors at play. The most important thing to remember is that, if you are a single parent, you are a rockstar. If you still communicate with your child’s other parent, consider helping your child with shopping or making a gift for their mom or dad. If communication is not on the table, do something fun with your son or daughter. A fun and easy idea? Come into New Leaf and assemble an array of foods to take on a picnic! Head to the deli for some delicious sandwiches and take advantage of our bulk foods section for all of the sweets you can carry. Then, head to a local park for a fun and relaxing day with your favorite person.

The Dads and The Moms
Are you a part of a two-dad or two-mom household? If you’ve felt a little unsure about how to handle the two holidays, you are not alone. In fact, there have been many articles in recent years depicting the strange situation these holidays put a lot of couples in. For brevity’s sake, this all comes down to personal preference. For those that know parents that fit into this description, communication is key. Some couples have adopted and have open communication with their child’s mother or father; some couples opt to celebrate both holidays, labeling them “Parents’ Day;” others bring the whole family together to celebrate parents, grandparents, and everyone in-between. There is no rule. The greatest gifts you can give to a same-sex parent household are open ears and respect for however they choose to celebrate these two days (and no one would ever say no to a date night babysitter).

The Caretakers
We should preface this by saying that every parent is a caretaker to an extent. However, some parents find themselves in hospitals more than they find themselves at home. Some parents have had to rebuild bathrooms and doorways so they are wheelchair-accessible. Some parents are drowning in medical bills. Some parents will never receive handwritten cards on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, adorned with finger paint and adorably misspelled words. While they would never ask for it, these parents deserve recognition and encouragement. They are super moms and super dads and deserve to be treated as such. Even something as simple as a care package loaded with travel toiletries, makeup, men’s grooming tools, healthy snacks, and nerve-calming supplements can go a long way.

Every household is different. Every parenting-style is unique. What works for one family, won’t work for another family. The important thing to remember is this: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be whatever you want them to be. If the day is difficult for you, it’s okay to acknowledge the difficulty you’re facing and to practice some self care. If the day is confusing for you, that’s okay too. If you aren’t quite ready to be a parent yet, but have a strong, parental love for your pet, spoil that fur-child to your heart’s content. Either way, no matter the path you take, New Leaf will be here to help you celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day the way that you see fit.

 

 

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