Why You Should Give Your Partner the Gift of Time Apart

Alone time is a precious commodity for couples and families after more than a year of sheltering in place. Offer it to a loved one, and to yourself.

#content-type-service, #dating-and-relationships, #mothers-day, #psychology-and-psychologists, #travel-and-vacations

Journalist Moms on Their Parenting Super Powers

A collection of essays curated by the Well desk features mothers acknowledging their special talents. Here, some of the team members join in.

#education-k-12, #mothers-day, #new-york-times, #parenting, #parker-pope-tara

Learning to Be a Mother Can Take Generations — and Sometimes, Distance

Times readers weigh in on the magic and complications of grandmothers.

#families-and-family-life, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mothers-day, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

Doing ‘The Washing Machine’ With My 84-Year-Old Mother

How a ridiculous dance — several, actually — kept us connected through Covid.

#children-and-childhood, #love-emotion, #mothers-day, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Where to Find Exceptional Flowers in Six Different Cities

A guide to the most exciting florists working today in Chicago, Miami, Mexico City, Berlin, Seoul and Sydney.

#berlin-germany, #chicago-ill, #flowers-and-plants, #mexico-city-mexico, #miami-fla, #mothers-day, #seoul-south-korea, #sydney-australia

The Ars Technica Mother’s Day 2021 gift guide

A garmin lily wearable on a woman's wrist

Enlarge / The Garmin Lily comes in six classic and sporty colorways. (credit: Corey Gaskin / Ars Technica)

While we’d never begrudge you treating your mom to flowers, chocolate, or scented candles for Mother’s Day, we at Ars always have tech on the brain, so we’d be remiss not to extol the benefits a good gadget can have on her daily life.

You’ll always know your mom’s tastes and interests better than we do, of course, but if she has room for a new piece of tech, we’ve rounded up a few useful, hassle-free, last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas for your consideration below. Here’s hoping they give some thanks back to the woman who has put up with your nonsense all these years.

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

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#ars-gift-guide, #features, #mothers-day, #tech

Mother’s Day Can Be Painful. It Can Also Reconnect Us to the World.

Mother’s Day is a time for contemplating the ways we’re connected, through joy and sorrow, across time and across species.

#animals, #grief-emotion, #mothers-day, #parenting

Whale Mothers Need Their Moms. So Do I.

Scientists have found intergenerational care may be the key to thriving mothers, and children.

#children-and-childhood, #mothers-day, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #whales-and-whaling, #women-and-girls

Think Outside the Brunch for Mother’s Day

You can do better than grocery store flowers and a card, can’t you?

#gifts, #mothers-day, #parenting, #photography, #quarantine-life-and-culture

A Year of Cooking With My Mother

I’ve eaten her food my whole life. This pandemic made me realize how much I didn’t know about her process.

#atlanta-ga, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #kim-eric-author, #kimchi-south-korean-food, #korean-food-cuisine, #mothers-day

A Flower Shop Reinvented to Reopen

How a small florist in Oakland, Calif., navigated a minefield of rules to sell on the make-or-break Mother’s Day weekend.

#alameda-county-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florists, #mothers-day, #oakland-calif, #quarantines, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business, #wardman-elizabeth, #wisteria-rockridge

Tiny Love Stories: ‘A Picture of Me Looking at You’

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #modern-love-times-column, #mothers-day

After 4 Years of Silence, a Call to Mom on Mother’s Day

A son’s attempt at mending a rift.

#children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #immigration-and-emigration, #marriages, #mothers-day, #parenting

The Persistence of May

In the season of rebirth, finding both the Virgin Mary and my grandmother, Mary Grace, among the Mother’s Day blossoms.

#children-and-childhood, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #grandparents, #mothers-day, #parenting

‘S.N.L.’ Salutes Mothers as Baldwin’s Trump Gives Advice to Graduates

Tina Fey joined the Mother’s Day tribute in the remotely-produced season finale, which also featured Kristen Wiig and Boyz II Men.

#baldwin-alec, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fey-tina, #mothers-day, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television, #wiig-kristen

Angelina Jolie:

This year, I’m remembering my mom’s spirit, and the power of so many women I’ve met around the world.

#children-and-childhood, #love-emotion, #mothers-day, #parenting, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rolling-stones

Mother’s Day Bouquets: How Five Friends Saved a Tulip Farm From Covid-19

A group of old high school friends moved home and bought a tulip farm, just as the coronavirus threatened to devastate the industry. Here’s how the power of friendship and innovation saved them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #mothers-day, #mount-vernon-wash, #mount-vernon-high-school, #spring-season, #washington-state

10 Films to Watch for Mother’s Day

Remind her that she’s the best: You can stream these shorts right here, from the safety of home.

#diaz-ramona-s, #fabella-dr-jose-memorial-hospital-manila-philippines, #helfand-judith, #mothers-day, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #weinstein-joshua-z, #work-life-balance

Google’s Duo video chat app gets a family mode with doodles and masks

Google today launched an update to its Duo video chat app (which you definitely shouldn’t confuse with Hangouts or Google Meet, Google’s other video, audio and text chat apps).

There are plenty of jokes to be made about Google’s plethora of chat options, but Duo is trying to be a bit different from Hangouts and Meet in that it’s mobile-first and putting the emphasis on personal conversations. In its early days, it was very much only about one-on-one conversations (hence its name), but that has obviously changed (hence why Google will surely change its name sooner or later). This update shows this emphasis with the addition of what the company calls a “family mode.”

Once you activate this mode, you can start doodling on the screen, activate a number of new effects and virtually dress up with new masks. These effects and masks are now also available for one-on-one calls.

For Mother’s Day, Google is rolling out a special new effect that is sufficiently disturbing to make sure your mother will never want to use Duo again and immediately make her want to switch to Google Meet instead.

Only last month, Duo increased the maximum number of chat participants to 12 on Android and iOS. In the next few weeks, it’s also bringing this feature to the browser, where it will work for anyone with a Google account.

Google also launched a new ad for Duo. It’s what happens when marketers work from home.

#android, #apps, #conversations, #google, #google-duo, #google-hangouts, #mobile, #mothers-day, #operating-systems, #tc, #telecommunications, #web-conferencing

Happy Mother’s Day to These Oddballs and Malcontents

In strange times, the unorthodox matriarchs of these movies may be may be just what we need (well, maybe not the killer mom).

#bad-moms-movie, #i-am-mother-movie, #lady-bird-movie, #ma-2019-movie, #mothers-day, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #the-queen-1968-movie

Enduring Lessons From My Mom

For Mother’s Day, high achievers reflect on what they most appreciate learning from their mothers: the magic of creation, self-discipline and the courage to change.

#art, #books-and-literature, #dancing, #families-and-family-life, #mothers-day, #parenting

Motherhood Changes Us All

The transformation we experience is ongoing and eternal.

#greenidge-kaitlyn, #mothers-day, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #tamblyn-amber, #writing-and-writers

10 Florists Delivering Vibrant Bouquets for Mother’s Day

During this time of self-isolation, when the floral industry, too, is hurting, a colorful missive feels more meaningful than ever.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florists, #flowers-and-plants, #los-angeles-calif, #miami-fla, #mothers-day, #oregon, #thompson-emily-florist