It may not be easy to admit that you don’t have your mom on speed dial, or that maybe your mother is not your favorite person in the whole world. But even daughters who don’t usually get along with the woman who birthed them can find small ways to appreciate her on Mother’s Day. Keep reading »
I don’t come from makeup-wearing stock. In fact, I could probably count the number of times Mom wore makeup during my childhood on two hands. And, despite more than a decade of trying to jump on the beauty bandwagon, I’m right there with her now, barefaced except for special occasions. Keep reading »
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re interviewing our moms to find out how their lives changed when we were born and what they learned about love and life as a parent. Today, Ami’s mom.
When I heard we were doing Mother’s Day interviews, I couldn’t wait to interview my mom, Mona. She’s pregnant with me in the picture above. And yup. That’s me as a kid. Cue chorus of oohs and ahhs. It’s a shame you can’t hear Mona answer these questions in her thick Long Island accent, because it’s oh-so charming … especially when she calls me on the phone. On speaker phone, that is. She’s obsessed with it ever since she learned how to use it and refuses to speak on the phone any other way. “Oh, Aim! You’re on speakah phone” is how she begins most phone calls. It’s also too bad that you haven’t had the great pleasure of dining with her. She orders everything “on the side,” à la “When Harry Met Sally,” and sends back three out of every four meals. Sorry, Mom, it’s true! I can almost hear the phone call I’m going to get in five minutes: “Oh, Aim! You’re on speakah phone. Why did you say that?” But seriously, Mona is one of the most colorful characters you’ll ever meet. To know her is to love her. And everyone who meets her loves her. It’s impossible not to. Aside from being a wonderful mother to my younger brother, Adam, and me, she’s also been a surrogate mother to many of her students for more than 30 years. Find out Mona’s thoughts on motherhood, after the jump. Keep reading »
It can be hard to know what Mom really wants for Mother’s Day. So we asked a bunch to tell us the best gift they ever received on the holiday, to help you with any last-minute shopping you might be doing for Sunday. For the most part, moms just want you to do or say something nice. Don’t worry about dropping half your paycheck on a present; she’d prefer a thoughtful card. Keep reading »
What mother doesn’t need a child’s tooth cast in metal dangling from her ears or hanging around her neck? Kim Kovel made a gold version of the first tooth her son lost and wore it as a good luck charm. When people asked her about it, she decided to start custom-making them for other moms in need of false teeth. Le Knockout jewelry starts at $99 and prices go all the way up to $7,039, and don’t worry, they send back the original tooth. [Le Knockout] Keep reading »
It’s not terribly difficult to buy a decent gift for Mother’s Day. Generally, you want to get something that’s a bit meaningful, as moms tend to see right through thoughtless gifts and then proceed to nag you about them for years to come.
Unfortunately, sometimes children tend to over-think things. This can be catastrophic, and you can easily end up with the kind of Mother’s Day gift that would only make sense if your mother regularly left you in a locked car in the middle of the summer. Here’s a look at a few of the worst Mother’s Day gift ideas out there. Keep reading »
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re interviewing our moms to find out how their lives changed when we were born and what they learned about love and life as a parent. Today, Emily’s mom.
I am not one for words, which is why I am a designer at The Frisky, not an editor, but my mom is one of the most amazing people in my life. After constantly fighting with her throughout my teenage years, my mom and I have become best friends (finally!). I talk to her just about every night and I don’t know what I would do without her and her words of wisdom. I know a lot about my mom, but not that much about what it was like for her when she had me — besides the fact that she got gestational diabetes and it stuck! — so it was really interesting to learn what her life was like before me! Keep reading »
Is today weird statistic day or something? According to AshleyMadison.com, that online dating site for people who are already married and looking to cheat, they had their second highest number of female sign-ups last year the day after Mother’s Day. The day after Valentine’s Day is the most popular sign-up date for women, while the third biggest day is New Year’s Day. So, why are women so apt to explore cheating on their man the day after these big holidays? In my opinion, all three holidays come with big expectations, especially for women in two out of the three. It’s logical to assume that when their men come up short in showing their appreciation, these women are left feeling unhappy with the relationship and might desire an escape. Given that Valentine’s Day is a holiday every coupled woman can celebrate with her man, the popularity of sign-ups the day after Mother’s Day (a holiday fewer women celebrate) is even more surprising to me. Mind you, for the most part, I think Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day are Hallmark holidays focused on shallow consumerism, but, whatever, I get why it would be hurtful to have your kids and baby daddy act like ungrateful dillweeds even that one day out of the year. I do not get, however, why it would drive anyone to a dating site as lame and skeezy as AshleyMadison.com. I mean, if you want to cheat on your husband, do it the old-fashioned way. Or tell him he’s being an ungrateful jerk. Or, you know, just divorce him. [MomLogic] Keep reading »
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re interviewing our moms to find out how their lives changed when we were born and what they learned about love and life as a parent. Today, Annika’s mom.
My mom and dad knew each other when they were growing up in Barbuda, an island in the Caribbean. They didn’t get along, but as they became older, a romance blossomed when they both lived in NYC. My grandmother helped my dad become a U.S. citizen, and he was a part of the family before he and my mom married in 1979. I was born soon after, but my parents divorced after two or three years. Although I know my dad and spent time with him throughout my childhood, I have to say that it was my mom who did the day-to-day raising of me. She supported my creativity with dance and art lessons and taught me to develop my own opinions, even when my opinions caused me to get detention every day. That’s why she and I have had this attitude that it’s us against the world. My mom is my best friend and she’s usually the person I prefer to talk to before everyone else. She’s my sounding board and gives great hugs. But that’s not to say we don’t argue.
I know pretty much all there is to know about my mom’s past, but I was still curious to ask her about being pregnant and raising me, her only child. Keep reading »
“Thanks, but my mother’s dead,” I heard myself snap.
From the horrified look on the saleswoman’s face, it was clear I should’ve come up with a more tactful response when she steered me towards the Mother’s Day cards. After all, it wasn’t her fault my mom died; this lady was just doing her job. Keep reading »