Mother's Day

Mother's Day can be a really tough day of the year for some people. If your mum isn’t around or if you don’t get along, it can be hard to feel like you want to celebrate. But remember, we’re always here to support you.

Finding it hard to cope

Mother’s Day is a celebration of all mums and a chance to show your mother, stepmother, grandmother or carer that you love and appreciate her.

You don't need to buy expensive presents to do this. Making your own card or gift or even just spending time together is a great way to show her how much you care.

It’s not always easy though if you don’t get on, or she’s not around. It can make Mother’s Day a difficult time of year for some people. But there are things you can try to help you through it.

Not seeing your mum

If you don’t see your mum any more, then all the cards and gifts that are out for Mother’s Day can be upsetting. Lots of people don’t see their mums and it’s important to know that you're not alone.

If you have someone close to you that you can speak to, you could try talking about how you feel. If you don’t have anyone, you can talk to a counsellor at any time by calling free on 0800 1111. We're here for you no matter what your worry is.

Remembering your mum

Losing someone close to you can be a terrible thing. It's perfectly natural to have strong reactions when someone you love or are close to dies. It takes time to get over the death of someone you love.

You could use Mother’s Day as a way of remembering your mum and doing something special for her. Perhaps you could visit her grave to leave some flowers or a photograph, write a letter to her and show it to someone you trust, or go somewhere or do something you enjoyed doing together. 

If you don’t feel you can talk to anyone you know about how you feel, you can talk to Childline any time. 

If you don't get along

It’s normal not to get on with people all the time, especially your parents or carers. If you're angry with your mum or carer because you're arguing with her, or you're feeling like she’s always getting at you or you just don’t get on with her, you might not really feel like celebrating Mother’s Day.

You could try explaining to her how you feel and why she’s upsetting you. Talking to your parents or carers is a really important step in maintaining a good relationship and making a difficult one better.

Some people who are going through a difficult time with their mum or carer may not want to celebrate Mother's Day - and that's ok too.

Speaking to someone close to you about how you feel can really help. If you don't feel there's anyone you can talk to, remember you can always speak to a Childline counsellor.