KidKraft has devoted its entire 50 years to kids. Crafting products for kids, showcasing kids in our ads and videos and celebrating their play. But, today, we're turning the spotlight—to moms! It's not a very wide turn, obviously, because moms are always by their kids' sides. Always there with an encouraging smile, a stern look, or a wide hug—whatever the situation calls for.
We asked our KidKraft team about their Mother's Day memories; here's what they said!
"As long as your room is clean, you stay in school and do what's right, that's Mother's Day to me."— Nathalie Fritsch, Logistics Coordinator
"My ideal way to spend Mother's Day is to cuddle in my bed." — Shannon Harvey, Invoicing Specialist, Accounting
Shannon Harvey and her two sons
"Growing up, Mother's Day was a day you'd stay out of Mom's hair all day; don't bother her. We always went to church, then it was her day to do what she liked." — Chanel Clark, Customer Care Team, Consumer Engagement (and expecting a baby boy in September)
"My mom liked breakfast in bed and not having to make breakfast." — Leah Hooke, Dealer Services Team
"Every Mother’s Day, my family and I take my mom out to have breakfast together at IHOP. It’s not nearly a grand enough gesture to show her how much we appreciate her for all the work she does taking care of us and the house, but at least for one meal, she does not have to cook or wash dishes." — Maria Ortiz, Concept Engineer
Maria Ortiz and her Mom
"Our breakfasts in bed were normally awful. Mom would have to pretend to be asleep longer because she'd usually get up earlier than us." — Kaitlin York, Senior Creative Industrial Designer
"My dad wanted to make breakfast special by adding garnish, like in fancy restaurants, so he cut a piece of a plastic plant to put on the side." — Collin Robinson, Creative Industrial Designer
"My favorite thing to do for my mom is to give her music. She introduced me to so many artists from the Beach Boys and George Strait to Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. So now as an adult, I give her a record I hope she’ll love. Kacey Musgraves, Real Estate, She & Him. Gives us something fun to sing along in the car together!" — Anna Beth Bonney, Marketing Copywriter
Anna Beth and her music-loving Mom
"Of course, my mother told me she didn’t expect anything, but as we all know, that is so not true. We made our first drawings, necklaces, breakfasts in bed, and ultimately when we started to get our allowances and first paychecks, we bought our mums lipsticks with matching nail polish and perfumes. But the thing they appreciated most, was them being in our limelight. The moment my children became toddlers who understood the concept of Mother's Day, then I was the one getting spoiled with Picassos, creative footprints and all the rest. How I have come to appreciate this!" — Natascha Sparbier, Key Account Manager, Europe Office
A handmade gift from one of Natascha Sparbier's little "Picassos"
"My two teenage daughters have personally hand wrote cards. And, I save every one of them." — Perla Bueno, Accounting AR Document Specialist,
Some types of artwork are not very appreciated by Mom, though, as Collin Robinson found out recently. His mom is currently upset with him for getting a tattoo. "She always said, as long I was under her roof, I was not getting a tattoo. Well, I waited till I moved out…" He'll have to make it up to her somehow for Mother's Day. "Maybe I'll get a Mom tattoo for her," he joked.
"We weren't the cool kids who served Mom breakfast in bed. We went to visit our grandparents and extended relatives and had like a mini family reunion every year. All the moms cooked, so I don't know if it felt like Mother's Day to them." – Meredith Archer, Dealer Services Team
Meredith Archer and her Mom
"My mom and I pretty much don't lift a finger the whole day. We're not big into flowers, we'd rather have memories. We forgo gifts and would rather go do something instead." — Renee Smith, Consumer Support Manager
Renee Smith and her Mom
As the youngest of six, Isaac Vazquez, Manager, Creative Graphic Design, would like to think he's the favorite. "My mom is a very strong woman with all the patience in the world," he said. Since she's hours away, he'll call her while she's celebrating with the rest of the family.
New mom Jessica Jones, Customer Care Team, Consumer Engagement, is looking forward to celebrating her first Mother's Day (she actually found out she was expecting on Mother's Day last year). Her 3-month-old baby boy makes her feel like she has "a purpose in life." "I wouldn't change it for the world. I love being responsible for someone."
Jessica Jones and her son Amari
What's agreed upon is that the joy of motherhood can't be contained in just one day. There will ultimately be ups and downs in this road of parenting, but seeing your kids grow and develop their personalities is the ultimate gift. Thank you to all Moms for the unforgettable memories.
Show us how you spend Mother's Day with your kids. #kidkraftkids