Mother’s Day ideas 2020: what to do with your mum at home this Mothering Sunday amid coronavirus ‘social distancing’

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Mother’s Day may be a little different this year, with the government urging people to implement social distancing and avoid going to bars and restaurants

So instead of taking your mum out for lunch this Mothering Sunday, here are some stay-at-home ideas for Mother’s Day.

Make her lunch

Make a nice Sunday lunch for your mum or her favourite meal, either letting her put her feet up and relax while you do all the work, or doing it together.

Mother’s Day may be a little different this year, with the government urging people to implement social distancing and avoid bars and restaurantsMother’s Day may be a little different this year, with the government urging people to implement social distancing and avoid bars and restaurants
Mother’s Day may be a little different this year, with the government urging people to implement social distancing and avoid bars and restaurants

Bake her a cake

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Alternatively, if baking is more up your street you could make some sweet treats for Mother’s Day, even trying an ambitious recipe you’ve never attempted before.

Do some gardening

If you’d like to get outdoors and soak up the fresh air, then you could get into the garden and do a bit of planting with your mum.

Make a scrapbook

If you’ve been collecting tickets from memorable trips, photos and other important pieces of paper over the years, now might be a great time to make a scrapbook together.

Watch a favourite film

Spend the day inside watching your mum’s favourite film, or embark on a movie marathon if you fancy the whole day relaxing on the sofa.

Catch up on a box-set

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If there’s a box set you’ve never finished watching together or one that you’ve been meaning to start for a while, now could be the perfect time to start watching it together.

Grab the popcorn, sit back and enjoy.

Do a jigsaw puzzle

Choose a puzzle with an image you know your mum will like and spend the day doing it together.

Arts and crafts

If arts and crafts is more up your street, then you could spend time together as a family embarking on an arts and crafts project.

Make breakfast in bed

Treat your mum like the queen she is by making her breakfast in bed this Mothering Sunday.

Do a yoga or fitness class at home

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If your mum is a fan of fitness, then spending time doing an indoor yoga or workout class together might be a great way to bond and do something she likes this Mother’s Day.

Clean and tidy the house while she relaxes

Although this might not seem like your idea of fun, sitting your mum down in front of the tv or letting her put her feet up with a good book while you clean and tidy the house for her might just be her idea of paradise.

Learn a new skill

Maybe you’ve both always wanted to learn a new language together or improve your photography skills.

Now could be the perfect time to do so. Sit down together and learn something new and exciting that you’ve always wanted to do before.There are plenty of free online courses you can try together.

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If you are spending time with your mum this Mother’s Day, you should stay at least 2 metres apart, wash your hands regularly, and make sure surfaces are clean in order to help prevent the risk of coronavirus.

Risk groups

The government produced guidance on a range of social distancing measures that people can take to reduce the transmission of coronavirus, including avoiding gatherings with friends and family - particularly for those with an increased risk. explains, “We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions) under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds): chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis chronic heart disease, such as heart failure chronic kidney disease chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy diabetes problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above) those who are pregnant

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For those who can't be with their mum’s this Mother’s Day, you could arrange a phone call or a Skype call, perhaps even doing some of the above ideas together over a video call.

You could also turn a Skype call into a chat with wine or a meal.

You could also sync Netflix, so you can watch a TV show or film together without being in the same room. Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension which allows you to watch films and TV series while chatting with your friends or family. Although it has actually existed for a few years, it has enjoyed newfound popularity due to the number of people currently staying home.

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The extension allows you to create a digital chatroom for any movie provided by the streaming service.

You can then invite your friends, allowing you all to talk using a sidebar on the screen as the movie plays. The extension also allows you to use screenshots, emojis and gifs to add a little flavour to your conversation.