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Mom-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

Even husbands with the best intentions don't always get it right on Mother's Day. They might think you want flowers, when all you truly need is a few glorious uninterrupted hours to yourself. Below, Babytalk helps you get the day you really want.

Strategize. So often, Mother's Day is about all the other moms in your life, and you get lost in the shuffle. Do a little forward thinking about how you'd like to spend your time: getting a massage, sitting by yourself in Starbucks with a stack of your favorite mags, or having brunch with the family followed by an afternoon in bed catching up on the Lost episodes you DVR'd.

Relax. There's nothing wrong with wanting time away from your baby. In fact, you need it. "So much is demanded of a new mom that it's critical that her own needs be met so she can keep herself mentally and physically strong for the baby," says Linda Carter, Ph.D., director of the family studies program at NYU Child Study Center.

Share. Men aren't mind readers (surprise!). Be direct and tell your significant other exactly what you'd like to do (tell him he can start planning his perfect Father's Day, too!). Plus, starting a dialogue with your partner about both of your needs can only benefit you in the long run. Who knows -- you might also get a little downtime on a few of the other 364 days of the year!

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