Mother’s Day, when we celebrate everything mom’s do, is going to be vastly different this year. There won’t be picnics in the park, meals at restaurants, or any other special excursions. Instead, festivities will happen at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Yet, the unique challenges mothers continue to deal with make it more important than ever to recognize them. Some mothers are juggling working remotely with homeschooling their children, in addition to all the things they normally handle. Others have been laid off or lost their jobs and are dealing with the stress of resulting financial hardships.
One of the ways we show our appreciation to mothers is with a special gift. If you’re like most people, every year you search for just the right token of your appreciation—something that lets your mother know how special she is; something she’ll remember for years to come. In these extraordinary times, you may want to consider a different kind of Mother’s Day gift—the gift of a great childhood. This year plant a Pinwheel for Prevention® in honor of your mother or make a donation in her name.
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention, and ever since individuals and organizations display pinwheels to help promote great childhoods. This year, conditions necessitated a revised approach and we created the virtual pinwheel garden, instead.
Why Pinwheels for Prevention is especially important now.
As every mother knows, parenting is hard, and research shows that increased stress levels among parents is often a major predictor of physical abuse and neglect. In addition, the resources many at-risk parents rely on—extended family, child care and schools, religious groups and other community organizations—are no longer available in many areas. To add to the tension, children are also experiencing their own stress and uncertainty about the pandemic.
This year show mom your love and support in an entirely new way: celebrate and honor her with a gift she’ll not only remember, but one that will help change the lives of children, families, and communities across the country—plant a pinwheel today!