by Rachael Rifkin

Holidays that gather family members together are great opportunities for family storytelling. Everyone is already there. All you have to do is steer the conversation in the right direction. With Mother’s Day coming up this month, here are some suggestions to get the story sharing started.


Some simple and easy memory-making traditions to add to your Mother’s Day:

  • Buy a blank journal and every year write one sentence about what you did on Mother’s Day and why you are grateful for your mom.
  • Devote a photo album to Mother’s Day pictures.
  • Create a Mother’s Day cards memento by punching a hole in the left-hand corner of each one and putting them on a metal ring.
  • Ask your mom for a Mother’s Day wish list. Have her add to it every year.

Between breakfast-in-bed, flowers, and brunch, there’s plenty of time for family stories on Mother’s Day.

Questions to Inspire Conversation and Stories:
(These questions are for everyone celebrating to answer.)

  • Growing up, what did you make your mom for Mother’s Day?
  • How did you celebrate Mother’s Day when you were young?
  • What do you love about your mom and why?
  • How does your mom make you feel loved and appreciated?
  • What do you do to make your mom feel loved and appreciated?
  •  What is the best gift you’ve ever given or received on Mother’s Day?
  • Ask the mothers in the group how they found out they      were going to be parents.


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Rachael Rifkin is a ghostwriter/ personal historian who blogs about the traits we inherit, whether genetically or environmentally, and the qualities that we find only in ourselves. Her favorite things are reading, random acts of kindness, high fives, playing with her dogs, and laughing with her husband.