Posts tagged with "Mother’s Day"

These are the actresses whom Americans want to see as their movie mothers

May 10, 2019

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, OnePoll has fielded a survey on behalf of Groupon—asking 2,000 Americans whom they think would best represent their mother on the big screen. And the top choice is Meryl Streep, an actress who has portrayed mothers in many of her most popular movies, from Kramer Vs. Kramer to Sophie’s Choice to Heartburn to Mama Mia: Here We Go Again, reports SWNS Digital.

The full top 10 list of actresses and celebrities whom we like to see as moms goes as follows:

  1. Meryl Streep
  2. Sally Field
  3. Julia Roberts
  4. Jennifer Lopez
  5. Angelina Jolie
  6. Oprah Winfrey
  7. Jennifer Anniston
  8. Michelle Obama
  9. Melissa McCarthy
  10. Queen Latifah

Results also revealed what people know most — and least— about their mothers’ life stories.

It turns out, Americans are confident that  they know where their mom grew up (74%), where she went to high school or college (60%), the street she grew up on (50%), her first job (49%), and her genealogy/ancestry (48%).

When it comes to what Americans know least about their mom’s past, it’s the more subtle things such as how many pets she had as a kid, former partner(s), her favorite subject in school, her hobbies as a kid, and what she wanted to be when she grew up.

While 89% of those surveyed said they know a great deal about their mom’s life, that doesn’t mean they aren’t eager to learn more. Fully 72% of respondents revealed they want to know even more than they already do about their mom.

“Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to not only celebrate what your mom has done for you, but what she’s done throughout her entire life,” said Groupon President of North America Aaron Cooper, adding,  “While most of us feel like we know everything we possibly can about our mom, these results show that there’s a strong appetite to learn even more about her life story and the passions that drive her interests.”

In addition, fewer than half of survey respondents knew their mom’s favorite food (45% ), flower (37%), song (30%), movie (29%), clothing store (28%), travel destination (23%), actor/actress (21%), or alcoholic drink (21%).

But that doesn’t mean Americans don’t have opinions about what they think their mom was like before they were born. Nearly one-quarter (24% think their mom had better style when she was their age.

And when it comes to the character traits that people reportedly got from their mom, compassion topped the list—with nearly half (49%) admitting to getting this quality from their mom.

Other character traits that people think they got from their mom include sensitivity (44%), work ethic (40%), sense of humor (37%) and good looks (35%).

Research contact: @Groupon

Only 1% of firstborns arrive after a ‘perfect’ labor and delivery

May 11, 2018

As Mother’s Day approaches, many expectant women can hardly wait for their own sweet bundles of joy—but not necessarily the childbirth process.

Indeed, just about every pregnant woman fervently hopes for a relatively brief and routine labor and delivery— but how often does it happen that way?

While there are no recent U.S. study results, the rate of “practically perfect” first-time births among Irish women is estimated to be less than 1%, according to a study published in the Irish Medical Journal on May 10.

Specifically, after looking at  more than 18,000 deliveries at the National Maternity Hospital over a two-year period, the researchers found that the number of “practically perfect” deliveries in women who hadn’t given birth before was 0.8%.

The authors defined a perfect birth as a delivery after 37 weeks, a spontaneous labor without intervention, an intact perineum, and a positive neonatal outcome.

Among 18,698 maternity patients, there were 8,292 nulliparous women (who hadn’t given birth before) —and 7,616 of these women delivered after 37 weeks.

Out of that number, 4,171 went into spontaneous labor—and  1,031 had no emergency interventions during delivery. However, 57 had an emergency Caesarean section, 86 had a vacuum-assisted delivery, 33 had a forceps-assisted delivery, two had spontaneous breech deliveries,  and five had their babies before they got to the hospital.

That excluded a total of 183 leaving 848 “practically perfect” births.

Of course, every birth is perfect once the baby is out, with 10 fingers and toes, a lusty cry—and a normal Apgar score for reflexes, muscle tone, breathing and heart rate.

Odds are that four babies will be born each minute worldwide this Sunday and we wish their mothers and families the happiest of holidays.

Research contact: grainne@thejournal.ie

Sibling rivalry still rules on Mother’s Day

May 10, 2018

Mom always liked you best.” If you are old enough, you may recall the catch phrase of The Smothers Brothers, a comedy team who created a wildly popular television show and several chart-topping albums in the 1960s.

Tom’s plaintive remark—always directed at Dick—still resonates today among siblings, as Mother’s Day approaches.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you are planning to give your Mom something special this year, you probably will want to check in with your siblings first, to see what type of gift they already have wrapped and ready.

It turns out that two-thirds (66%) of Americans touch base with their siblings to see what they are getting for Mom, based on findings of a poll of 2,000 U.S. adults sponsored by Groupon and conducted on their behalf by OnePoll.

However, be careful what you share, because sibling rivalry is at play: Fully 55% will try to get a better present, just to one-up you, according to coverage of this vital issues by SWNS Digital on May 9.

Even when it comes to writing Mom’s card, 30% of grown (and supposedly mature) children will consider what their siblings write in their cards to ensure that they aren’t upstaged in the sentimentality department.

And they are keeping it short and sweet when it comes to what they write: The average American will write 43 words (about two sentences) in a Mother’s Day card.

The study also found that where you fall in terms of sibling order plays a role in how you approach Mother’s Day.

While the average person spends $75, the data showed that it’s the middle child who ends up spending the most on Mom.

Finally, no matter your approach to Mother’s Day, one thing was universal, based on the results: We are really grateful for everything that Mom has done.

Putting food on the table was the number one thing that Americans were most grateful for when it came to their mothers, followed by teaching respect for others, helping to learn manners, showing them how to be kind, doing laundry and exhibiting generosity.

Research contact: jack.peat@swns.com

Call your Mom!

May 1, 2018

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, many readers are marking their calendars to make a call on May 13. But how often does the average adult child dial his or her Mom during the rest of the year?

A FiveThirtyEight/SurveyMonkey Audience poll conducted in 2016 found that most U.S. mothers do not “feel like chopped liver,” according to the researchers. But, of course, they’d like to hear from you more often.

After surveying 194 mothers with adult kids who live at a distance and 513 adult kids who live apart from their parents, here’s the good news: Most kids are doing their part, FiveThirtyEight reported.

Still, fully 21% of moms said that they’d like to hear from their kids more than once a day.

It’s no surprise that twice a day is characterized as just “too often” for more than 90% of adult kids, who told the researchers that a “reasonable expectation” would be once a day or less.

However, adult kids do expect to be in touch fairly frequently: Over half (54%) said that they should call weekly or a couple of times a week, and luckily for them, that’s exactly what almost half of moms (49%) expected.

When kids and moms do talk, it tends to be on the phone, but it might not involve a voice call. Moms reported that they were most likely to hear from their children by text, while kids ranked texts second after phone calls.

Forty-one percent of kids reported that they contacted their mothers less often than they felt they should. Only 23% of mothers felt that their children weren’t contacting them as often as they would like—and, in fact, fully 8% percent of mothers would like to hear from their children a little less.

We, personally, haven’t met those mothers—but maybe they have very large families.

 Research contact: leah.libresco@fivethirtyeight.com