Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The last post was a bit of tough love. This one is something different. Who loves you? Your momma loves you. If your mom is your lifeline through law school, you're not alone. In a 2005 Pew Research Center Study 61% of adults with both parents still alive said they had the most contact with their mother compared to only 18% who said they had the most contact with their father. In the same survey, 17% of respondents identified Mom as the go-to parent in times of crisis. Less than half, 6%, named Dad. In terms of closeness with adult children, Dad ranks below the family pet. On average, dog and cat owners feel closer to their pets than adult children feel to their fathers. Don't feel too bad for dads. Pew survey research shows that for dads, their relationship with their kids is less important than their relationship with their wives. For moms, the reverse is true. Based on the survey, moms place a higher value on their relationships with their children than on their relationships with their husbands.
If you are missing your mom and wondering if it's normal, check out this post on Motherly Love by Diana Winston on a blog I like: Killing the Buddha. Diana didn't just go to law school. She joined a Buddhist convent in Burma. And you thought your wireless bill was big.