Think you know about moms in America this Mother’s Day? Think again. Statistics from Happy Worker’s “Women’s History” posting show some surprises about moms, both positive and negative.
1) There are more new moms over the age of 35 than there are new teen moms. That’s right. The Women’s History survey revealed that 14 percent of new moms are 35 years or older, as compared to new moms who are teens. They only make up 10 percent of all new moms.
2) Half of moms didn’t plan on pregnancy. The Happy Workers survey revealed that 51 percent of those mothers asked said that pregnancy “just kind of happened.” That stood in contrast to the 49 percent who said they had a baby when they were ready. That could explain why roughly 40 percent of all kids are born to unmarried mothers (another survey revelation), though it doesn’t tell the whole story.
3) Less than half of all Americans are Facebook Friends with their mom. In the same Happy Workers survey, only 48 percent of those interviewed admitted being a Facebook friend with their mom. But that doesn’t mean there’s no love. My mother refuses to get on Facebook, and my wife’s mother can never seem to get her computer to work. But that’s what phones are for. It may be an age gap, rather than a close relationship issue. And not all moms understand Facebook, as this collegehumor post shows.
4) Moms live longer than the average person. Raising kids can be stressful, but that doesn’t tend to shorten a mom’s life. She has an average life expectancy of 81.4 years. That stands in contrast to the average life expectancy of 78.7 years for an American, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That same CDC report showed that white women and black women were outliving both white and black males, so it’s a gender thing, not a race thing.
5) Moms make most of the financial purchases. You’d better get something nice for mom this Mother’s Day. That’s because throughout the rest of the year, she controls the purse…and that often overrules the wallet. About 80 percent of all purchases in the family are done by mom, and that includes 93 percent of the food, according to the Happy Workers poll. Here’s a great list to consult for one of those present ideas, and some to avoid.
More cultural blogs from Happy Worker can be found here. And Happy Mother’s Day!