Mothers Day Will Be Different This Year

This Year is going to be so very different for myself and for my family for Mothers Day. It won’t actually be celebrated on the Sunday but we will be celebrating a day earlier!

Mothers Day Will Be Different This Year.

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This year I won’t be making a phone call as a gift to my Mum, because I am actually going to be brave enough to spend the day with family and say Thanks with giving a gift and through a lunch date.

The previous years I didn’t even make an effort besides sending wishes through my brothers to My Mum. So this year is going to be special and going to be different. After 17+ years of not having contact with my Mum/Family, this year I am making sure that I make it better for all of us.

We will be having lunch together on the Saturday – not sure where yet!

And I will be able to hand her a gift.

Mind you my brothers have told me that they do not give Mum any gifts for Mothers Day – like never….gee did I get upset when I found out that they consider taking her out for lunch a big enough gift.

And they have reasurred me that just being with her for the day is all she needs. But I still believe that every Mother in this world needs a gift to say thanks for everything!

Facts About Mothers Day

(from the research carried out by Telstra)

*  Telstra research has revealed almost half of young adults aged between 18 to 25 phone their mums everyday with more than one in 10 calling because they need something – the kind of phone call mums least like receiving.

(I must be outside that number! Mind you if things were different I so would have called home many times over the years)

*  The Telstra survey into the phone habits of Australians1 also found that nine out of 10 mums would rather their kids call ‘just for  a chat’ with older mums (aged 65 and over)  twice as likely to want their children to call to ‘check up on them’ than any other age group.

(OK – I admit it….I love it when my older son calls Home just let me know how he is doing, mind you I am not over 65 yet!!!. I think its because he moved out of home far too young for my liking!!)

Director of Telstra Corporate Marketing, Inese Kingsmill, said younger adults, perhaps living on their own for the first time, often call home for household advice.

(Now I know this is so very true…our older son Woody calls home so many times about how to cook certain food, or ask about ways to cut cost on living expenses!!)

*  “I’m sure many mums can relate to the urgent phone call from their kids wanting to know how to remove red wine stains from the carpet or how to get lumps out of the gravy,” said Ms Kingsmill.

*  At a state level, six per cent of NSW mums reported screening their kids’ calls with 85 percent of mums agreeing that a call from their kids once a week is enough.

(I Prefer at least twice a week, but when he is out to sea I know that I can expect a call when he gets home!)

*  “Many of us probably feel like we don’t call our mum enough however according to the mums we surveyed most say their kids call often enough which is a relief to hear!,” said Ms Kingsmill.

(I am just grateful that he calls me. After all he is only 18 and is so grown up, but he still is my baby !!!)

*  “These days more mums are happy to be called on their mobile for the weekly catch up and increasingly they are enjoying video calls too – in fact 12 per cent of NSW mums we surveyed like receiving video calls from their kids and grandkids,” said Ms Kingsmill.

*  “Advances such as 4G and the NBN will allow an increasing number of mums and grandmothers interact and watch their kids and grandkids grow up, no matter where they live. Phoning home will take on a new meaning as technology advances.”

Mums The World

Mothers Day 2013

Survey results:

By Telstra :: Young people call their mums the most, for the most annoying reasons.

  • 39 per cent of people aged 18-25 call their mum everyday

  • But this age group call with the most annoying problems (according to mums) – 13 per cent call when they need something from their mum

  • In fact, mums say their least favourite reason for a call is when their child wants something

  • They are also the most mobile, with 30 per cent calling their mum when they’re out and about, compared to just seven per cent of 35-44 year olds

  • Not surprisingly, 81 per cent of this age group thinks they call their mum enough

Younger mums feel their kids call enough,

but are needier and more likely to avoid their kids.

  • 70 per cent of mums aged 40-44 years say their kids call enough, compared to 57 per cent of those aged 55-64 years who say the same

  • What’s enough? More mums aged 40-44 want their kids to call every day (37 per cent) compared to just seven per cent of mums aged 55-64 who wish the same

  • Mums aged 40-44 don’t seem to want to be hassled with constant requests. Zero mums aged 40-44 saying they’d like their kids to call if they need something, and mums in this age group are more likely to ignore their kids calls than anyone else (seven per cent)

  • It’s best to reach mums aged 40-44 on the mobile – 67 per cent said they’d prefer to be called on the mobile than the landline

Older parents want regular calls on the landline

from their kids checking up on them.

  • While most mums across Australia want their kids to call for a chat, older mums aged 65+ are twice as likely to want their kids to call to check up on them than any other age group

  • On the other side of the coin, people aged 65+ with surviving parents are the most likely to call their mums to check up on them (47 per cent)

  • And they’re the age group that wants their calls on the landline most, with 72 per cent preferring this option. However, a web savvy eight per cent say they’d like their kids to call on Skype, Facetime or Google Talk

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In general:

Australians love calling their mums.

  • 50 per cent of survey respondents call their mum once or twice a week, with another 20 per cent calling mum every day

  • Almost three quarters of us (71 per cent) call just for a chat

  • Only 15 per cent of us would ever ignore a call from mum

It seems we’re keeping mum happy.

  • 60 per cent of mums say their kids call enough

  • What’s enough? 71 per cent of mums say one or twice a week is sufficient

  • And nine out of 10 mums just want us to call for a chat

Women are better than men at keeping in touch with their mums.

  • 25 per cent of females call their mums every day, compared to just 15 per cent of males

  • And women generally spend more time on the phone – 33 per cent talk to their mum for between 10 and 30 minutes, compared to 28 per cent of men who talk for the same length of time

  • Blokes feel a little guilty about it though – 32 per cent say they don’t call their mum enough, compared to 29 per cent of women who say the same

  • But it could be fellas’ own fault, with 16 per cent admitting they avoid their mum’s call, compared to 14 per cent of ladies who do

Thanks to Ingrid Just Media Manager from Telstra for providing the facts/figures/information about calling Mothers, especially for Mothers Day!

Loving each other

Love Is All We Need

Mothers Day With Love 🙂

This Year Mothers Day Will Be Different.

What will you be giving your Mum this Mothers Day?

How About Movie Tickets purchased through Telstra!

Or would you like To Win A Double Pass To The Movies?

I have 4 Double Passes to give away….

all you need to do is answer ::

Question ::

Telstra Stats Say That “women generally spend more time on the phone

Do you Reckon that us women can speak longer on the Phone than men can?


So This Weekend I Am Spending It With Family.

And I am scared, excited, anxious, joyful all rolled into one……is that even possible?

I am going to make sure that next year for Mothers Day that a gift will be in the post for my Mum, and a phone will be made.

This year I get to celebrate it differently and hopeful in a nice way.

What Will Your Mothers Day Be Like?

Thanking you for following our Journey.



PS :: This blog post is sponsored by Telstra Exchange. They provided the information from the research, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The 4 Double Movie Passes are courtesy of Telstra. The winner will be chosen by my boys and will be notified by email. Gift closes Sunday 12th May at 7.30 pm Sydney Time.

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18 thoughts on “Mothers Day Will Be Different This Year

  • May 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Yes! We’re communicators! We have twice as many words per day as men do… I think it’s something like 24,000 for women and 12,000 per day for men!
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    • May 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      WOW – I never realised us women had so much to say! That’s a lot to say in one phone call 🙂

  • May 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    We sure do usually because we have alot of gossip and even when we don’t, we just like to talk other people’s ears off with our news! It’s like it’s programmed in our DNA!! 🙂

    • May 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      I so agree – I love nothing better than Coffee/Cake with a great friend…talking for hours!!

  • May 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I know in our home the women definitely speak on the phone more. My husband actually hates speaking on the phone, and insists that I answer it. I use it to keep in contact with friends. My land line phone is next to our computer so I can sit in my nice comfy computer chair while using the phone 🙂
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    • May 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      I think its a man thing – my hubby is the same…he hardly calls anyone over the phone, instead he prefers to speak face2face.
      I would love a home phone next to our computer…but then again I might never get any work done 🙂

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Well, now depends LOL – of course we do AND of course it’s more important stuff we talk about! Until you get my hubby on the phone – he loves a chat!

    • May 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Gosh my hubby rarely ever calls on the phone to chat to anyone!
      And I so reckon that us Women call others more often…I know that i call family members more than hubby does!

  • May 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

    My husband is a CHATTERBOX!!! He is a salesman. He could talk under water and he DOES call his mum. He’ll even call my mum. Having said that there is always a purpose to his call. It’s never just a “chat”.
    So yeah, I think women on the whole do prefer to talk on the phone as a way to stay connected, with or without a purpose, where as men probably use it more as a device to get a specific result.
    Derek and I are both from small families so both sets of parents and us all get together (with Derek’s brother and family) and we have a mothers day picnic brunch. It’s really nice. It will happen on mothers day this year, but some years we change the date slightly to suit everyone.
    Best wishes for your big mothers day “adventure”!

    • May 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Wow – most men don’t like the phone because you cant see the person’s face 🙂

      David calls his Parents once a week, and our boys get to catch up and chat with Grandma/Grandad.

      Its so good that you all get together with both sets of parents for Mothers Day – that would make it so much easier than trying to fit both families in on the one day!

      Thanks for my Adventure with my family – should be different than previous years!

  • May 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I defiantly use the phone way more then my hubby. I would love it if my son called me more often too, I usually have to ring him if I want a chat, but my mum and I usually ring each other daily to catch up. I think men are more talkers face to face.

    • May 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      So true Jackie – Hubby likes to talk face2face. I can talk for hours on the phone if we have the credit!

    • May 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Oh wow Trish – that’s incredible run to be doing. All the best with the morning.

      Can you take a rain check with the sleep in and breakfast in bed?

      I used to talk for hours on the phone too!

  • May 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Yep… my 4 year old son can tell one hell of a tall story in his sleep but when it comes to talking on the phone all of a sudden he suffers from stagefright!

    • May 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Yeah my boys don’t like to answer the Phone!!

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