28 Reasons Mothers Deserve Their Own Holiday

Being a Mom 10

mother's dayThere are two stages of childhood. In the first, you think Mother's Day is the best invention ever, a time to lavish Mom with macaroni and glue-encrusted cards and fresh-picked dandelions proffered in pudgy fists. And then comes the day when a kid doesn't get it.

Why does Mom get a day all to herself? When is Kid's Day? It's this stage of childhood when it's time to pull out the big guns, Mom. Presenting a look at motherhood by the numbers, a point by point reminder that Mom could use all the celebrating she can get:

1.7: The average number of kids a mom in Vermont will give birth to -- the nation's lowest birth rate.

2.6: The average number of kids a mom in Utah will give birth to -- the nation's highest.

6: How many weeks old a rat is when she can first get pregnant.

9: Months of gestation for the average human mother.

10: Moms who serve as CEO of Fortune 500 companies.

11: Days the average opossum spends gestating their baby, among the shortest pregnancy in the animal kingdom.

12: Most babies conceived in one pregnancy without fertility treatments.

13: VBACs (vaginal birth after C-section) that Michelle Duggar has had.

14: Kids born to "Octomom" Nadya Suleman.

15: Most babies conceived in one pregnancy with fertility intervention.

19: Babies Michelle Duggar has given birth to.

22: Months an elephant spends pregnant with her calf.

49: Movies and TV series worldwide simply named "Mother" (per IMDB).

54: Percent of moms who read blogs.

55: Percent of moms who are getting enough nookie in the bedroom (according to CafeMom's Mom Index).

61: Percent of American moms who work.

62: Percent of working American moms who'd prefer to work part-time.

65: Percent of kids open to friending Mom on Facebook.

69: Most babies born to one woman not a Duggar.

76: Percent of Swedish moms who work.

91: Percent of moms who wouldn't dream of leaving the house without their cellphone in hand.

28,357: American moms who had a home birth (in 2008).

44,189: Moms who belong to the Twilight Moms forum.

463,000: Children in foster care as of 2008 (latest figures available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

3.9 million: Moms blogging.

10 million: Single moms in America.

85.4 million: Mothers in the United States in 2008 (latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau).

14.6 billion: Money spent on moms in the U.S. last Mother's Day.

Are your kids into Mother's Day? What will you be doing to celebrate?


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Addys... Addys_Mom

being from utah that stat seems low. but it doesnt surprise me we're highest


nonmember avatar MaughterMegan(:

love the Duggar ones, Octomom ones, and the Twilight Moms one, they made me giggle, gogogo Jeanne!


wow good to know these little things about moms..

mommy... mommythree0508

and yes my daughter is very into mothers day

daerc... daerca574

my kids treat me well on mothers day.  I get to just hang out and be pampered!

daerc... daerca574

I am one of the moms who would not dare leave the home without my cellphone. . .

sodapple sodapple

we might go out and i will not forget my my phone.

asil asil

my kids are to little to really get mothers day, but we will hang out and have fun anyhow!

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