What Mom Doesn’t Want

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’m sure many of you are scrambling for just the right way to show Mom your eternal grateful love. Sorry, I can’t help you there. I can, however, tell you want mom probably doesn’t want.

Social Media Posts I’m not saying don’t give the woman who wiped your butt a shout-out. I’m just saying that this is a weak substitution for a real, well-thought-out gift. Frankly, many of these are just sneaky ways of getting likes for your own sorry self. Taking 38 seconds to post a “throwback” picture and pecking out a few platitudes that wouldn’t even make it on a Hallmark card is no substitution for a real gift.

Coupons of Affection “This entitles the bearer to 10 free hugs.” Really? You should be doing that anyway… what the heck is wrong with you? Same goes for “I’ll do my own laundry” or “I’ll take you to the movies.” Mother’s Day is to celebrate Mom, not to try and bribe her with small tokens of love or labor. How would you like it if she flipped that sorry script? “Ten free doctor visits… if you can prove a fever of 104 or above.” Yeah, thought so.

Babysitting I’m looking at you, Dad. Even in today’s environment where moms are working long and hard hours, 99 percent of the time they are stuck with way more than their share of kid duties. Unless you dads are pledging to clean up your act and take on more responsibility, long-term, this poor attempt will result only in a bad back from sleeping on the foldout.

Breakfast in Bed This one is tricky. If you’re making a meal that mom really likes and you do a complete and thorough clean-up after, I’ll allow it.

Now go out there and make some nice macaroni pencil holders and really show you care!


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Chris Prickett
Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.
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Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.

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