What moms really want this Mother’s Day

Being a mother can be one of the most thankless yet rewarding jobs on Earth. We don’t ask for much, just a peck on the cheek and an occasional “I love you, mamma”.

When Mother’s Day comes along, we look forward to the hugs, chocolates and flowers. But here’s a confession: sometimes, that’s not really what we’re yearning for.

With Mother’s Day on Sunday, we decided to do a little digging and asked moms to be honest about the gifts they really wanted.

Here’s what they had to say:

Tshego Lepule, mother of Tshepang, 8

“A day off from parenting. It sounds horrible but as much as we love the Mother’s Day cards, hug vouchers and the coffee mugs, I would appreciate a whole day and night to myself.”

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Geraldine Cupido, mother of Khaya, 15, Mia-Mae, 13, and Alude, 6

“Silence! To spend a day in a gorgeous hotel room with a view of the ocean. There must be a huge bed, great room service, a big TV to watch suspense thrillers and silly romcoms, and of course a beautiful bath.”

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Geraldine Cupido, mother of Khaya, 15, Mia-Mae, 13, and Alude, 6.

Megan Baadjies, mother of Mayah, 4

“I’m a lot like my mom when it comes to receiving gifts – it’s the thought that counts so I’m not really fussy.

“However, if Mayah could afford it, then I’d love a new pair of pyjamas and slippers.

“But what I love most and look forward to every year is the Mother’s Day card she makes at crèche.”

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Zanele Tshaka, mother of MJ, 6 and Lubnathi, 2

“My ideal Mother’s Day gift is a night’s stay at a hotel just by myself. I wish I could go somewhere where I’d be left alone to catch up on sleep, watch my favourite TV shows, and just basically rest with no one bothering me.”

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Lyntina Aimes, mother of Keelan, 24, and Calum, 17

“I want the house to myself. My husband and sons can go out for the day. I want to vegetate and laze around in my PJs, listen to my favourite CDs, watch TV and have the Mr Delivery booklet in hand.”

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Nontando Mposo, mother of Sipho, six months

“All I want is a day of uninterrupted sleep after enjoying a glass of gin and tonic.”

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Juanita Williams, mother of Noah Tau, 10

“I want a tattoo to commemorate my father and grandparents.”

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