A very special call on Mother’s Day

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Mummy says…

I am blessed to be a mum to four fantastic children, and will be enjoying this Mother’s Day with three of them. My eldest, my first born who is 19 and away in Uni won’t be home, and I will miss her so very much. I miss her every day, but this Sunday I am going to feel it even more. I will be waiting for a very special call on Mother’s Day.

 

A very special call on Mother's Day

I would love a call. It can be a phone call or  video call, and I am not alone. In a recent survey over 66% of mothers with children over 18 would be happy with a phone or video call rather than a card this Mother’s Day. I agree totally. Rather than the cost of sending a card, I would rather speak to my girl – and see her, if we video call each other. The research shows some interesting statistics, highlighted below:

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The traditional ways of children showing their appreciation of their Mums are proving less popular as 52 per cent of UK mums don’t think they’ll receive a Mother’s Day card and 63 per cent don’t think they’ll receive a present. However, 19 per cent of mums say they prefer modern communications to cards and 76 per cent don’t mind if their child doesn’t send them a card this Mothering Sunday, as long as they have sent a message or call.

I will be with three of my four children, and have a lovely day. I am thankful for mobile communication as it means I can keep in touch with my eldest – every day of the week – and especially on Mother’s Day.

The top apps mums use to stay in touch with their children and grandchildren are:

 1. Text message

2. Facebook Messenger

3. Video chat e.g. Skype, FaceTime

4. WhatsApp

5. Twitter

If you are wondering how Britain plans to wish mum Happy Mother’s Day, it is:

1. Phone call

2. Card

3. Text, WhatsApp or Facebook message

4. Gift

5, Video call

How do you keep in touch with your older children?

The research was conducted by Ginger Comms in February 2016 on behalf of TalkTalk. The 1,000 survey respondents were UK mothers, with children aged 18+.
This is a collaborative post.

24 Comments

  1. My mum forgot it was even mothers day this Sunday! I said wet would come over because of it being THAT Sunday and she asked what was special about it. Haha. She really does crack me up sometimes. Love her!
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  2. I don’t have older children yet, but, I call, text and email my mum. Happy mothers day!
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  3. I think you’re right I’d prefer a call if my child was away from home to a card.
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  4. I am probably not the best person to be commenting about keeping in touch with my mum, we haven’t spoken for nearly ten years. Thats not to say I don’t wish every one a very happy mother’s day and that all you mums enjoy being treated to breakfast in bed! haha
    Have a great day x

  5. My 18 year phoned me at 7.30 this morning and for once I was still asleep. It is lovely to be able to facetime these days
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  6. That is so true! I facetime/viber/skype with my mum all the time. Don’t really send her cards, since it’s not really a thing we do in our family. Like you said talking to them is more important anyway :) x
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  7. Oh I hope you both loved your call yesterday! I find it so sad that so many mums did not expect a card or a call on Mothers’ Day. My day was a bit bland as I was 60 miles away with our eldest at training but we will hopefully make up for it soon! For the first time ever, I had to make do with calling my Mum too x

  8. Great Infographic, not surprised that text messaging is the top way to talk to parents 😉
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  9. I only live about 20 minutes from my mom, so my kids and I see her all the time :)

  10. I know how much it means to my Mom to hear from us on Mother’s Day. If I weren’t with my kids I know I’d love a phone call.
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  11. I use a lot of these apps to stay in touch with family members.only thing I don’t use is whatsapp and video calling.
    Most of my live local any way.
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  12. I did the usual thing of posting a card and sending a text! I should have called but my mum is the best person to speak too on the phone so I avoid at all costs.

    Laura x
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  13. Well-I am always with my Mom (albeit in different apartments)-so talk to her daily and see her 2 to 3 times a week. I am not noted, never have been, for sending cards, but I do take her out for a special lunch on Mother’s Day.
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  14. It was my first year with my eldest away at Uni too – luckily for me we met up on the Saturday half way between home and where she is studying – so that made up for not seeing her on Mothers Day itself.
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  15. We use Whatsapp to communicate and like you I’d much rather have a conversation with them than just receive a card. Hope you had a lovely day x
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  16. Happy Mother’s Day! Since my kids are little, we will all be together this year. There are so many ways to stay in touch now, on holidays and all the moments in between. I need to try out all of those apps.

  17. We Facetime my mom at least once a week. I can’t imagine what it would be like without all this wonderful technology.
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  18. I know my wife is the same way about our kids and phone calls. I love how much technology has allowed us to stay in touch with family who isn’t local.

  19. Its wild how many different ways you can keep on touch with family these days! We do old school when talking to mom on her day. Usually give her a call in the morning, and then flowers arrive for her sometime I’m the afternoon. :)
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  20. Skype was a Godsend to me when I was working abroad. I could be away for up to a year but thanks to Skype I was able to see my Mum ad she could see me.

    Really sad that some people don’t contact their Mum’s on Mother’s Day at all.

  21. I try to call my mother as much as I can these day , I know she appreciates it more than a card but its also nice to have a card.
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  22. I love receiving cards but I’m sure when my children leave home I will be happy with a text!

  23. This year, I’ll have my children home, and I am excited. My daughter is home from college now and graduates this year. Good luck and have a very Happy Mothers Day.

  24. As much as I want my kids to chase their dreams I do worry they will all move away from me
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