Celebrating all the women who enrich our lives!
It’s such a wonderful rite of spring: the bond we celebrate with our mothers every year on the second Sunday in May. When Mother’s Day arrives this year, we’ll once again pull out all the stops to show how much we care. We’ll say it with flowers, fancy dinners out, hugs, phone calls and cards to express our heartfelt message: “We love you, Mom.”
Many of us will also be wishing “Happy Mother’s Day” to grandmothers, mothers-in-law, aunts, daughters and friends, for we owe so much to the important women in our lives.
In tribute to mothers everywhere, take our Mother’s Day quiz, and then discuss it with mom while you serve her breakfast in bed:
1. Which woman was the power behind the establishment of a national Mother’s Day?
- Louisa May Alcott
- Anna Marie Jarvis
- Florence Nightingale
- Susan B. Anthony
2. What is the average age of first-time moms in the United States?
- 19.8 years
- 21.0 years
- 25.4 years
- 27.2 years
3. Which country has the highest rate of twin births?
4. The most prolific mom on record gave birth to which huge number of children?
5. Stay-at-home moms work hard and arguably harder than they would if they were employed in the labor force and received a salary. The work of a stay-at-home mom translates into how many dollars in terms of an annual salary?
1. b. Anna Marie Jarvis of Philadelphia was inspired by the life and wishes of her own mother to push for a holiday dedicated to all mothers. Mother’s Day has been an official national holiday since 1914.
2. c. According to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau (2010), the average age of American women giving birth for the first time is 25.4 years old.
3. c. Benin in Central Africa had the highest national rate of twin births, with 27.9 twins per 1,000 births, according to research compiled in 2011.
4. d. Guinness World Records reports that the greatest officially-recorded number of children born to one mother is 69. The wife of Feodor Vassilyev, an 18th century Russian peasant, gave birth 27 times to produce 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.
5. d. According to Salary.com, stay-at-home moms work an average of 94 hours a week, which would theoretically entitle them to a “mom salary” of $113,586 a year. Working mothers with full-time jobs spend an estimated 58 additional “mom hours” per week, Salary.com further notes, and would earn $67,435 on top of their annual salaries if they also collected a “mom paycheck.”
We hope you enjoyed taking this Mother’s Day quiz, and that – if you’re a mom, grandmother, great grandmother or guardian – you’re out there being spoiled as we speak!