Flowers? Chocolates? Jewelry?

What's on your mom's wish list this Mother's Day? Chances are, it's not any of these things. In fact, it's probably not even a thing at all. While all moms are different, we're pretty universal in that we love our kids. When it comes down to it, there are five "things" that any mom would love to have this Mother's Day:

Your time. Sure you could send mom a big bunch of flowers, but if you really want to show her that you care, why not spend some time with her instead? If she lives too far away to make a trip, pick up the phone or cue up the Skype instead. Share some laughs and let her know how much she means to you.

Your attention. Don't just plop down on your mom's couch with your eyes glued to your iPhone. Talk to her. Fill her in on what's going on with you and — this one's a biggie — ask her about what's new in her life. It might just surprise you!

Your happiness. I know it may sound cliché, but all mom really wants is for you to be happy and healthy. So if you are, tell her that you are. It will thrill her to no end to know that your life is going so well. And if you're not, you have two options: fake it for the day or talk to your mom about it and ask for her help in coming up with a plan to bring happiness back to your life.

A meal — any meal — that she does not have to cook or clean up after.  It does not have to be fancy and it does not have to be expensive, but any day that mom does not have to think about feeding her family — and cleaning up the kitchen afterwards — is a good day.  

Your love. At least one time this Mother's Day, you need to pull your mom aside, look her in the eye, and tell her that you love her. Follow it up with a hug for bonus points. There's no better present than that.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

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