Top Advice Given to Canadian Moms by their Own Mothers: ‘Enjoy Every Moment, it Goes by Fast’

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Christian Children's Fund of Canada survey reveals the best pearls of wisdom from mom, and the worst Mother’s Day gifts to avoid this year.

You may have spent years ignoring mom’s advice, but eventually all those pearls of wisdom add up to something truly useful.

According to new national survey results released by Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), one in three Canadian moms say that the best advice given to them by their mother is ‘enjoy every moment, it goes by fast,’ making this the top choice among the list provided. One in four moms say that the best advice they’ve received was to ‘trust your instincts’, while one in five say ‘be patient’ is the most valued wisdom from their mother. Other popular choices include tips such as ‘ask for help’, and ‘you learn as much as you teach’.

When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, receiving no gift at all or forgetting Mother’s Day altogether, continues to top the list as the biggest disappointment for moms. And while the majority of Canadian moms (54%) say they’ve never received a bad gift, nearly four in ten (35%) can recall their worst Mother’s Day gift.

The two worst gifts moms say they’ve unwrapped on Mother’s Day are decorated toilet paper rolls and furnace filters. Other gifts that made this year’s top worst gifts list are:
1.    A bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken                                    
2.    A box of bacon
3.    Lawnmower
4.    Vacuum parts
5.    Artificial flowers                                                                            

“We cannot overemphasize the importance of Mother’s Day,” says Felicitas Adrian, CCFC’s Vice-President of Fund Development and Communications. “The process of raising children in many cultures rests squarely on the mother, so it’s really important to acknowledge moms for their strength and wisdom, here in Canada and around the world.”

CCFC can help make this Mother’s Day more meaningful. To honour mom, choose from a wide variety of charitable gift options that help support mothers living in extreme poverty around the world. Gift ideas such as ‘Deliver a Healthy Baby’ ($50), ‘New Baby Care’ ($100) and ‘Supply a Maternal Health Clinic’ ($150) are just some of the options available. To make a difference and browse through CCFC’s gift catalogue, go to

These are the findings of 661 Canadian mothers across the country. Weighting was employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/- 4.3 percentage points had all Canadian mothers been polled.

About Christian Children's Fund of Canada
For more than 50 years, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) has helped children and families of all faiths break the cycle of extreme poverty around the world. CCFC is a member of the ChildFund Alliance, a network of 12 child development organizations whose work encompasses more than 15 million children and their families in 55 countries with total combined revenue of more than $500 million (CAD). Visit
For further information, contact:

Maja Begovic, Communications Officer
Office: 905-754-1001 ext. 330
Mobile: 416-731-9338
E-mail: mbegovic(at)ccfcanada(dot)ca

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