Mother's Day is a difficult day, even if you remember it in time. It's a difficult day because there's the annual challenge of selecting the right gift. Mother, as you well know, is also a wife. Being a wife, this mother is prone to make light of certain gifts. For instance, don't attempt that cute trick of gathering the kids early on Mother's Day and cooking her breakfast and serving it on a tray while she's still in bed. Were she just a mother in this situation she'd make the appropriate appreciative comments. But, because she's also a wife as well as a mother she will be unable to resist making comments about your culinary skills, and while she may manage to portray an appreciative attitude, the kids will pick up on the fact that she's underwhelmed. You'll be lucky if she doesn't make some comment about your propensity for burning toast.
My suggestion to you is to completely forget about Mother's Day. Go ahead and buy some flowers or a box of candy or any other generic gift you can think of. Give it to her on Mother's Day. But by putting Mother's Day second, you'll be freed to do what's most important to the mother of your children.
When dinner is over a couple of nights between now and then, tell her, in front of the kids, to go take a bubble bath and relax because you'll take care of the dishes. While washing the dishes, insist the kids be quiet and allow their mother to have some private time. Be darn insistent about it, being stern if necessary.
On Saturday, while the family is out in the yard doing the things that need to be done, let the kids see some merriment. Use your imagination, but you might throw some pine straw in her direction, you might tackle her to the ground and roll through the grass, you might even find a magic moment to pause and then kiss her.
Whenever the kids get uppity and speak in a disrespectful manner to their mother jump on them hard. Make sure they know you'll never tolerate anyone talking to their mother that way. Look at her and say you're sorry for their behavior.
You might go as far as to ask her to dance when a particularly special song is playing. Yes, dance right there in the family room in front of the kids.
Now I realize these suggestions do not readily meet the standard idea of a gift for Mother on Mother's Day. But these suggestions will work. Here's why:
Your wife, the mother of your children, has a desire. Her desire is that you impart to your children the qualities that can make them successful in life. And those qualities go far beyond providing a living for the family, they go beyond a quality education, they go beyond teaching manners and respect, they go beyond all the normal standards of behavior for a father.
The greatest manner of honoring you children's mother, is to honor her children. The greatest way you can honor her children is to make sure they know you love their mother.