Mothers DayWith Mother’s Day this weekend, I did a Google search for “mother.”  About 50% of what I found is not suitable for  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:

  1. 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.
  2. In 2008, a record 41% of children were born to unmarried women.  That’s up from 28% in 1990.
  3. 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.
  4. Today, 54% of new mothers have at least some college education.  That’s up from 41% 20 years ago in 1990.
  5. The average mom has a life expectancy of 81.  Unfortunately, the average age of widowhood is 55.
  6. Women make 80% of the general purchasing decisions for their families . . . 93% of the food purchases . . . and even 65% of the auto purchases.
  7. Americans buy 140 million cards for Mother’s Day . . . even though there are only about 83 million mothers in the country.
  8. Mother’s Day is the third-biggest greeting card holiday in the U.S., behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
  9. This year, Americans will spend $671 MILLION on Mother’s Day cards.
  10. Behind the Christma-Hanu-Kwanzaa holiday season, Mother’s Day is the second-biggest gift-giving holiday in the U.S.
  11. 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.
  12. People will spend $1.9 BILLION on flowers for Mother’s Day.
  13. The most popular types of flowers for Mother’s Day are:  Mixed bouquets, carnations, daffodils, roses, and tulips.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 48% of people say they’re FACEBOOK friends with their mother.

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