Mothers – A Brief History


Mother. It’s a word we hear nearly every year, but what does it actually mean? The dictionary describes a mother as something which is ‘full of moths’, but that barely scratches the surface of what a mother really is.

For centuries the mother was seen as secondary to the father in almost every way. The fact that there was no word in the English language for mother until 1796 shows how little they were regarded by society. They were simply called Female Fathers and were of the same social standing as a blacksmith.

However, that all changed in the early 19th century, when scientists discovered that it was actually the mother who gave birth to the child. This turned the whole family dynamic on its head. As reward for painful childbirth, women were allowed to become integrated into family life, often feeding the children and sometimes even clothing them.

This came at an ideal time for men – right in the middle of the industrial revolution. The world was fast becoming filled with machines. These machines caused something to awaken deep within the hearts of men. They lost all interest in farming, child raising and love. Why spend time with their families when they could watch a machine produce a hundred yards of linen in an hour? Or run their hands across the cool steel shell of a steam engine? The duties which had always belonged to the father were thrust upon the mother in their entirety, as fathers met in ale houses, comparing the processing speed of their tractors and the storage capacity of their trains.

In time, the machines became smaller and more complex, but man’s love for gadgets never tired. By the 20th century, men had forgotten how to raise children. Their breasts no longer produced milk. All they cared about was creating a machine capable of reaching the Moon. Meanwhile, mothers had conquered the art of raising children. They had perfected in 100 years what men had been doing and failing at for countless millennia. Children now had emotions, they spoke languages, they wore matching socks and their faces were free from dirt.

It was generally agreed that the mothers had done a good job. ‘Mothering’ became the new word for what had previously been known as ‘fathering’. Whilst the word ‘fathering’ came to mean ‘Observing from a distance – With or without the latest in video camera technology’.

In the next chapter we will be looking at the different types of mothers available in the world.


Mother's Day Around The World


If you live in England then you know that on a traditional Mothering Sunday you’re expected to turn up and say “Thanks Mum”, perhaps over a roast dinner that you’ve treated her to in the local pub.  Well we were wondering what Mother’s Day means to people across the world, so we’ve done some research to try and find some traditions from across the world.

United States: In America they do things pretty much the same as in the UK but obviously bigger, larger and with greater gusto. This is no bad thing but it wouldn’t really suit us in Britain. They like to be loud in America and all credit to them.

Australia: Like our American friends the Aussies like to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of March. It isn’t celebrated as a public holiday and it is traditional to give your mother a Chrysanthemum as this flower is in season during this period ‘down under’, and funnily enough it ends with ‘mum’. Those Australians sure know how to be whacky for their Mums.

Another Australian tradition which is also followed in the United States is the wearing of a carnation.  A coloured flower indicates their mother is living whereas a white flower shows that their mother has passed away, sad.

In Australia it’s not only Mothers who get celebrated but Grandmother’s and anyone who takes an active part in rearing a child. Those lucky people can expect to get breakfast in bed and maybe some flowers.

Czech Republic: After the Berlin wall came down in 1989 the east became more westernised and traditions were embraced such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.  This was officially started in 1993 and has carried on since then although there has been a rise in the popularity of Women’s Day (8th March).  Women’s Day is now becoming just as popular and may exceed Mother’s Day.

France: Unlike any other country (trust the French to be a little different), Mother’s Day is always on the last Sunday of May. There is of course one exception to this rule and this is if the last Sunday falls on the 27th in which case Mother’s Day is then switched to 3rd June.

Another tradition is to bake a cake in the shape of a bouquet of flowers, sweet.

Germany: An interesting fact about Germany’s Mother’s Day is that it started in 1923 to help promote women to have more children.  This was done by the ‘Association of German Florists’, florists have slowly changed the world!

Indonesia: Mother’s Day is held on an odd day in Indonesia as it’s on 22nd December.  In most western countries this would be too close to Christmas but in Indonesia this is not celebrated widely.

Some of the traditions include holding surprise parties and having competitions in cooking or Kebaya wearing. Generally people also allow mothers to have their day off from doing domestic chores, jolly nice of them on Mother’s Day.

Ireland: An interesting fact as to how Mother’s Day was started in Ireland is that it is held on the fourth Sunday in the Christian fasting month of Lent.  An early tradition on this day is that children were given a day off to visit their ‘Mother Church’ and worship the Virgin Mary. They would pick flowers on the way and present them at the church. Nice.

China: Again, carnations are popular at this time of the year in the country with the world’s largest population and so the most sold type of flower. However an organisation called the Chinese Mother’s Festival Promotion Society (catchy name!) asked to replace the gift of carnations with lilies.  In ancient times these were planted by Chinese mothers when children left home.

In China, Mother’s Day was created in 1997 to help poor mothers; however it’s yet to be recognised as a public holiday.

Mexico: Another country where the date of Mother’s day is slightly different to the rest of the world as it’s fixed on the 10th May.  Traditions here include having a special mass organised by the church as Mother’s Day is taken to be more of a religious day than one just to celebrate mothers.  During the day an orchestra will play “Las Mañanitas” and distribute tamales and atole which is a traditional early morning meal to all the local mothers.

Pakistan: Here Mother’s Day is more sombre for those who have lost their mothers and is a time for prayer to pay their respects to the deceased. For those whose mothers are still living they do the usual thing of giving gifts and flowers.

Sweden: Mother´s Day in Sweden is celebrated the last Sunday in May. The reason for the late date is said to be because then everybody could go outside and pick flowers.


Mother’s Little Helper


Following on from our successful ‘Cupid’s Little Helper’ competition we’re launching a new version called Mother’s Little Helper.  Here your mum can choose the flowers she wants and let you know what she wants via a Facebook application.  Below is a guide on how to use it.

On top of this, everyone who likes our Facebook page is automatically entered into our competition where you could win a free bouquet from our Mother’s Day range up to the value of £50.

Love MumMothers:  All children are a little forgetful and need helpful reminders on what to get mum, be that a birthday or Mother’s Day. Sometimes inspiration can be a little lacking when deciding which gift is the most appropriate.  So when getting flowers and with so many choices at your disposal you need to give helpful reminders and hints.  With our app all you have to do is click the button “Mum wants this one” and then you’ll share that bouquet on your Facebook timeline. Easy for everyone to see and a nice little reminder for the forgetful ones.

What Present?Children: So many events in which to buy gifts and too many gift ideas to choose from.  We’ve got a great little app that you can send to your mothers to help give you ideas for Mother’s Day presents. No more will have to guess what mum might like, all she has to do is click the “Mum wants this one” button on our competition page and hey presto, that’s what you give on Mothering Sunday.  You’ll be notified as to which bouquet she wants by looking at her timeline on Facebook, simple.

So whether its Roses or Lilies your mum is sure to get a great bouquet when you tell her you can’t make if over on the day itself, well you don’t want to spoil her too much do you?