A “Get Out of Jail Free” card for daughters and sons

May 8, 2016


Relax, You Probably Call Your Mom Enough

from Leah Libresco onFiveThirtyEight

It doesn’t take sophisticated statistics to prove that you should call your mom on Mother’s Day this Sunday1, but do mothers get their due the rest of the year? To find out, I commissioned a SurveyMonkey Audience poll to see how many moms feel like chopped liver.

After surveying 194 mothers with adult kids who live apart from their parents and 513 adult kids2 who live apart from their parents, here’s the good news: Most kids are doing their part (and as for the rest, your mom still loves you).

I don’t know what could make a mom want fewer calls. I even called my mom in college to ask how to boil water,3 yet she still takes my calls. A mother’s love knows no bounds.

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