Every second Sunday in May, Americans celebrate Mother’s Day by showering their moms with a little extra TLC (and maybe a card and a gift to boot). It’s a day that was created in 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis — who never married and had no children — to honor the memory of her own mother, who died in 1905. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the day an official U.S. holiday, and we’ve been saluting moms annually ever since.
Here at AARP, we’d also like to show our gratitude for mothers everywhere and the invaluable contributions they make to our lives.
And that’s why we’ll be taking over the aarp.org website on Sunday, May 14, with all things “mom.” We have a wide variety of video and articles planned — everything from a look at our favorite TV moms to celebrities that treat their moms like royalty. We’ll also let you know where to find a last-minute Mother’s Day gift that won’t feel last minute in the least!
As part of our tribute, we want to hear from moms, sons and daughters! Mothers, tell us the one piece of advice you hope your kids take to heart. In other words, if you had to choose just one bit of wisdom dispensed with the best of intentions that will echo in your children’s minds for the rest of their lives, we want to hear it. Sons and daughters, share the one piece of advice from Mom — replaying in a constant loop in your head — that has most shaped or inspired you.
We’ll round up the best Momisms from across the country and publish them here on Mother’s Day weekend. Real wisdom from real moms and grateful kids. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and please put “Mother’s Day advice” in the subject line. Or post the advice in our AARP Community discussion board.