Craig Beardsworth crunches the numbers for Mother’s Day.
Growing up, the yearly dispute in my family went something like this
Me or a sibling (indignantly) ‘What about children’s day?’
My mother (rolling her eyes so dramatically it was audible) ‘Every day is
How right she was. Let’s raise a glass to our mothers (and give her the bottle).
Keep on mumming
61,038 new mothers in New Zealand in 2015
59,430 new mothers in New Zealand in 2016
1.87 – our national fertility rate per woman
2.02 – our national fertility rate from 1980 – 2015….so we’re not
replacing ourselves anymore.
Older and bolder
28 – average age of mother giving birth to first child
32 – average age of mother giving birth to second child
2001 – this statistic has remained steady for 17 years in New
Workin’ 9 to 5, what a….joke
98 – number of hours a full time working mother works.* according to a study of 2000 American mothers www.scarymommy.com
This assumes a 40 – 50 hour job including commute.
That’s another 48 hours grocery shopping, washing cleaning, cooking,
helping with home work and other sundry tasks.
201,804 – number of single parent families at the 2013 New Zealand
census (here’s to the single fathers included in this figure too).
Where did Mother’s Day come from?
1908 – the year American Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her
mother Ann who’d died three years earlier. Ann was a peace activist and had
cared for soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War.
16th Century – Mothering Sunday was observed in Europe in
the Catholic and Protestant churches. People would return to their mother
church where they’d been baptised. It turned into a holiday where people would
visit their mother, and eventually became a public holiday.
2nd Sunday of May – now the official day to celebrate
Mother’s Day. In Britain it is the fourth Sunday of Lent. But who cares about
dates – buy that woman something nice and tell her she rocks.