All about my mother? Not this year, as more than half of Brits won’t be visiting their mums on Mother’s Day

27 March 2014

Most of us might claim our mothers mean the world to us, but you wouldn’t know it, since 52% of us won’t be paying her a visit on Sunday.

A survey carried out by relationship charity OnePlusOne revealed that just 43% of people would be paying a visit to their mother, while 5% said they didn’t know if they would.

Under half (40%) said they would be sending their mother a gift or card, 39% said they planned to arrange flowers to be delivered, while 21% said they would take her out for dinner.

Those who said they wouldn’t be visiting their mothers cited reasons such as ‘too busy’, ‘we don’t get on’ and ‘saw her last weekend.’

Calum Ross, coordinator of OnePlusOne’s DIY relationship support service theCoupleConnection said: “Mother’s Day is a great excuse to celebrate everything our mums do for us.

“However, it’s not always practical to pay mum a visit, especially if she lives hundreds of miles away.

“The results from our poll suggest most people plan to call their mother if they can’t visit her, or they’ll send a card.

“If you are a new parent, it’s also a great opportunity to celebrate your partner and show them how much you appreciate her as both a mother to your children and as your companion.”

The survey questioned adults and young people (aged 16 to 24) across the UK and was conducted in partnership with Netmums, Dadinfo, Contact a Family, The Student Room, and YouthNet.


For more information please contact Nadia Gilani at OnePlusOne on 020 7553 9538 or email

Notes to editors

TheCoupleConnection is OnePlusOne’s most popular online  ‘do it yourself’ relationship support service. Find out more here

About OnePlusOne

  • OnePlusOne is an evidence-based charity that has been researching what makes couple relationships work or fall apart for more than 40 years.
  • The charity creates services based on the latest evidence to help people to resolve relationship difficulties themselves.
  • It also provides online training for frontline family workers to equip them with the skills to offer timely relationship support in a face-to-face setting.
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