Eight ways for mums to reclaim their ‘mumpaid labour’ this Mother’s Day


From Mother’s Day 2021 onwards, we have launched a campaign with Family Action to shine the spotlight on the ‘mumped labor’ of all UK mummies and parents over the past year. We want to recognize and thank you for all your hard work, and encourage you to go online and pledge to take some time back for yourself – because you deserve it.

To inspire mums everywhere to love what they love, we put together a starter for ten, along with a few things you can do to reclaim your mumped labor. Don’t forget to go online and pledge your time. We want to reclaim 100,000 hours of mumpaid labor before Mother’s Day!

1. Go out and do something you enjoy

Mother and daughter on a walk

There is nothing like fresh air, sunlight and some vitamin D to make you feel Great. The health benefits of being among nature have been well documented. Research shows that spending just twenty minutes in a park – even if you don’t exercise – is enough to improve well-being. We do not need to be asked twice!

You probably know your local park like the back of your hand after a year of national lockdown, but still, why not take the time to get out this Mother’s Day? Whether it is a socially distant walk or cycling with a friend, a jog somewhere you don’t age, or some sunrise yoga in the garden in the morning sun, a great way to get some fresh air and get out Let’s feel good on this Mother’s Day. Don’t forget the hot wrap!

2. Do something you usually never do – or something you always want to try

Despite being in lockdown, it has been a busy year for a lot of parents. If you have young children, you are homeschooling with your work responsibilities. Even if you are not, there is still a lot of emotional exhaustion to worry about over the past year and the health of friends and family. There may be things you want to do or are trying to do that you haven’t done yet.

Woman painting

If there is one thing we have been taught this year, it is that you never know what is around the corner. So within the confines of lockdown, there is not a better time to seize the day and do the thing you are thinking about. Whether it is signing yourself up for a big challenge like a marathon or a half-marathon, starting a new project like weaving or crochet, planting a new tree in the garden, or fulfilling a lifelong dream like starting your own business. This Mother’s Day, do something you’ve always wanted to do!

We have lots of great ideas and experiences available at www.redletterdays.co.uk – from the spectacular to the adventurous. there’s no time like the present!

3. Do something you love with a virtual event (for free!)

To make it easier for moms and parents to do something for themselves this Mother’s Day, we’re hosting a series of free, virtual events on Saturday 13 March to encourage mothers to do something similar So that they love. The program will be free to participate in – and provides an inspiring talk, from endorphin-boosting fitness classes to mindfulness sessions, and from Mums who have launched their own businesses. The full schedule can be seen * here *. Sign up for your free space!

४. Treat yourself to a sweet session

A woman enjoying a pampering session

There are few things more than treating yourself a bit of TLC – whatever that means for you. Whether it is soaking in a bubble bath with your favorite scented candle and book, applying face masks and painting your nails, or doing something therapeutic like cooking or coloring, taking time to do something that makes you feel good , Is a great way to repay yourself for everything you have achieved this year.

5. Keep the kids busy for an hour so that you can enjoy some quality quiet time

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a moment of peace and calm when children are around. So this Mother’s Day, make it your mission to find yourself a quiet hour you love! This may mean keeping their favorite movie in their possession for a few hours, or asking your partner to take them out of the house for the afternoon. We are also doing some fun, free activities for young children on Saturday 13 March, so they can be kept for entertainment in one room while you enjoy some time in the other. Sign them up here.

६. Ask someone in your home to do such a thing, for which you are always responsible

What work do you do every week that doesn’t really give you pleasure? Is it doing a weekly food store, up the stairs, taking out the bins or cleaning the bathroom? Time to get the balance resolved.

Ask someone you live with – whether it is your partner or children – to try to share more load. Ask them to do their least favorite weekly work with their hands well, so that you can enjoy some more-worthy time for yourself each week.

Book something you can look forward to

For many of us, the weeks of lockdown have felt incredibly flat. We are not able to book trips, holidays or evenings with friends.

But all is not lost. You can still buy vouchers for fun experiences that you can look forward to, without booking the exact date. In this way, you can commit to doing something that you always want to do, without worrying that it may be canceled. At Red Letter Days we have hundreds of fun and memorable experience vouchers that you can grab, and use to book the experience as soon as you are ready.

Don’t do anything at all

A woman reading a book on the couch

We won’t really blame if the most attractive option right now is to sit for an hour or two, put your feet up and just Ho. This is completely valid, and taking some time to sit down and process your thoughts is incredibly important. Don’t feel compelled to fill your precious pockets of free time with this Mother’s Day activities, if you all Really Want to sit on the couch and relax.