With Mother’s Day this weekend, I did a Google search for “mother.” About 50% of what I found is not suitable for KOOLradio.com. Man, the internet is a disgusting place to live! However, there WERE some maternal tidbits out there. Here are 16 things that may interest you about the woman who brought you into this world:
- Moms are getting older and more educated. In 2008, 14% of new moms were 35 or older, and 10% were in their teens. Those numbers were the exact opposite in 1990: There were more moms in their teens back then.
- In 2008, a record 41% of children were born to unmarried women. That’s up from 28% in 1990.
- It’s split almost perfectly 50-50 . . . half of women say that they decided to have a child when the time was right, and half say pregnancy just kind of happened and they rolled with it.
- Today, 54% of new mothers have at least some college education. That’s up from 41% 20 years ago in 1990.
- The average mom has a life expectancy of 81. Unfortunately, the average age of widowhood is 55.
- Women make 80% of the general purchasing decisions for their families . . . 93% of the food purchases . . . and even 65% of the auto purchases.
- Americans buy 140 million cards for Mother’s Day . . . even though there are only about 83 million mothers in the country.
- Mother’s Day is the third-biggest greeting card holiday in the U.S., behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
- This year, Americans will spend $671 MILLION on Mother’s Day cards.
- Behind the Christma-Hanu-Kwanzaa holiday season, Mother’s Day is the second-biggest gift-giving holiday in the U.S.
- This year, the average person will spend $126.90 on gifts, flowers, parties and meals for their mom on Mother’s Day . . . that’s about $3 more than last year.
- People will spend $1.9 BILLION on flowers for Mother’s Day.
- The most popular types of flowers for Mother’s Day are: Mixed bouquets, carnations, daffodils, roses, and tulips.
- The total spending this year for Mother’s Day is $14.6 BILLION. To put things in perspective, that’s the same amount of money that was given to the auto industry in its bailout, or the value of California’s BOOMING medicinal marijuana industry.
- Besides getting their mom or stepmom a gift, 20.6% get their wife a Mother’s Day gift. Also, 9.4% of people buy something for their daughter, 7.9% for their grandmother, 7.6% for their sister, 6.8% for a friend and 1.7% for their godmother.
- 48% of people say they’re FACEBOOK friends with their mother.