“Making the decision to have a child – It’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”- Elizabeth Stone
Volusion would like to take this opportunity to remind sons and husbands across the nation that Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY, so don’t forget! Oh, and more importantly, we’d like to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there who so selflessly give their energy, time and endless love to their children and grandchildren.
In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some fun facts about Moms!
1st Mother’s Day: May 10, 1908; Founded by Anna Jarvis; made a national holiday in 1914 by President Wilson
Total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day Cards annually: $671 billion
Busiest Phone Day: 68% of people plan to call Mom on Mother’s Day, totaling 122.5 million phone calls
Card Giving: 50% of households give Mother’s Day cards, totaling some 152 million cards
Total number of mothers in the world today: 2 billion (82.5 million in the U.S.)
Number of Diaper Changes for Moms: 7,300 by baby’s 2nd birthday
Diaper Changing Speed: Moms take 2 minutes, 5 seconds (adds up to three 40-hour work weeks each year!)
Giving Attention: Preschooler requires mom’s attention once every 4 minutes or 210 times per day
Most Kids: Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765
Oldest Mom: Rosanna Dalla Corte gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old in Italy in 1994
Heaviest Newborn: Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to a 22 lb 8 oz boy in Italy in 1955 (Whoa, I thought my 9.2lb baby was big!)
Working Mom Stats: 72% of moms with children over one year old work (about the same as childless women), vs. 39% in 1976. Also, 55% of moms with a child under one year old work, vs. 31% in 1976.
Mom Chores: Moms with a full-time job spend 13 hours working at the office or at home on family chores
I think those stats say it all…Moms rock!
On a side note, all you Moms out there who own your own business (online or not), make sure to enter our Volusion Mompreneur Makeover Contest and read the other entries. They’re incredibly inspirational (I’ve cried a couple of times reading them), and we’re in awe of all you do as entrepreneurs and mothers.
Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Selling!
Molly Sylestine, PR Associate (and new Mom), Volusion
*sources: DIY Father, Pro Flowers