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What Mums Really Want This Mother’s Day

You know how modern families are. We’re all really busy, we’re spread out all over the world, so it’s more important than ever that we keep family bonds with our loved ones strong.

Over 40% of us won’t be able to spend time with our mums for Mother’s Day.  But lots of people have the perfect solution! We surveyed people who use Skype, and we found out that 60% those who can’t be with their mums in person are planning to spend some time with that special woman in their lives on a Skype call. And our software really helps to keep that connection strong – over half of adult children say they feel closer to their mums because of Skype.

And we’ve heard some amazing stories about the “virtual surprises’ that people plan for their mums for Mothering Sunday. Here’s what one resourceful person planned:

“Sent present via the mail service and had my dad hide it. Then on Mothering Sunday I initiated a video call and had dad give her the present to open. My wife, daughter and myself were then able to see her face as she opened the gift.”

Here’s another great story:

We couldn’t be with my mum because our kids were sick, so we joined the event with my siblings who were there by Skype video call, and they gave her the flowers we’d got for her together.”

People have told us that they’re planning virtual breakfasts in bed, virtual dinner dates with candles and wine, and flowers and gifts being delivered while on a video call. Do you have special plans for your Mum on Skype this Mother’s Day? We’d love to hear them.

Take a look at how Skype helps keep mums and their children in touch. And just remember – you don’t have to be close by to stay close. Happy Mother’s Day!


All data based on a survey of 515 Skype users in the UK between the ages of 16 and 65+, conducted from 6-8 February 2014.

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