Fury as ‘Americanised’ Mother’s Day cards replace ‘Mum’ with ‘Mom’

MOTHER’S Day cards saying “Mom” instead of “Mum” went on sale across  Britain — sparking fears that the ­celebration is becoming Americanised. Stationery store Paperchase has broken new ground this year offering the alternative spelling alongside cards reading ‘mum’ and ‘mother’. It is the first British store to introduce ‘mom’ cards. The move has left linguists concerned that US TV shows are causing a language shift among British children. Professor Paul Baker at Lancaster University told the Telegraph: “My nephews watch American cartoons and use words from them. “It could be linked to children’s exposure to American television programmes and hearing the word ‘Mom’ is seeing them using it more.” A number of people have taken to social media to express their fury at the use of the American term. Twitter user @avalon_fantasy said: “Mom’s day? How horrible. It’s Mothering Sunday or Mothers Day for the UK. It really isn’t ‘Mom’ or Moms Day; it’s all just highly influenced by American television shows.” Another, Linda Mitchell, wrote: “We’re in the UK, its Mother’s Day not Mom’s Day.” However, experts say the term ‘mom’ has been widely used in the Midlands for years. “It’s refreshing to see that our children can now buy a card with the name they call their ‘mom’ on it,” language expert Carl Chinn said. Birmingham MP Jess Phillips uses the term and also insists the Parliament Hansard records of her speeches reflect that. She tweeted: “Of all the things I thought I might become known for in Parliament I never saw the liberation of the Birmingham maternal pronunciation coming. MOST READ IN NEWSFROM BEAST TO A FEAST Hottest day of the year hits UK with temperatures warmer than Rome MUM'S MISSING CHEF PLEA Mum of missing Claudia Continue Reading

Bake Off winner Nadiya helps kids cook these tasty Mother’s Day recipes

YOU could get a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates for Mother’s Day – or you could get a very special homemade treat cooked by your children. We asked Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain to give her three top recipes for children of different ages to make for Mother’s Day, with adult supervision. Nadiya said: “The best thing in the world is being a mum to my kids but, as you know, I do love to cook so I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than having fun in the kitchen with the kids. “Cooking is as important a life skill as reading and writing in my opinion. Cooking together is just as rewarding as sharing a story together. “Here, I’m sharing some of my favourite recipes for children. “Don’t forget to be on hand to help and, most importantly, have fun.”Gingerbread Cook's age: 5-10 Makes about 30 INGREDIENTS:  175g golden caster sugar 6 tbsp clear runny honey 1 tbsp orange juice 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp ground ginger 1 tbsp ground nutmeg 200g unsalted butter 450g plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda ¼ tsp salt Writing icing tubes, for decoration METHOD: Place the caster sugar, honey, orange juice, vanilla extract, ginger and nutmeg in a pan over a medium heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the butter. Stir until it has melted, then set aside and leave to cool. Once cool, add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt and bring the dough together. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for at least 2 hours. Line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Remove the dough from the fridge, unwrap it and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 0.5cm. Cut out shapes with a gingerbread-man cutter, a 7.5cm cutter will make around 30 biscuits. Gather off-cuts and re-roll the dough as necessary. Place the gingerbread men on the lined baking sheets and transfer to the freezer for Continue Reading

Lorraine Kelly bursts into tears after daughter Rosie surprises her with Mother’s Day message from Laos

LORRAINE Kelly burst into tears on today's show after receiving a Mother's Day message from her daughter. The telly favourite teared up as she got the video from Rosie, who is currently working in Singapore but appeared to be enjoying a holiday in Laos. Rosie, 23, said: "Happy Mother's Day mum, sending you lots of love from Laos. "I hope Angus gives you lots of cuddles, mwah." Lorraine cried: "That’s so nice! How did you get her to do that?" "Oh, I’ve gone completely. It was just seeing her wee face, that was so nice. I miss her!" The show's stylist Mark Heyes had to reach across and hold her hand as she cried. Just before the video message from Rosie, Mark had surprised Lorraine with pyjamas printed with pictures of her beloved dog Angus. Opening a box, Lorraine laughed: "No, no, it’s too good! That is so cute. "That is my son, obviously. Did he order it by himself? That’s not in any way bonkers, I love that so much.” Most Read in TV & ShowbizSOAR POINT EastEnders' Sid Owen thrown off flight in seat row as passenger shouts 'Rickaay' 'total fake' Married At First Sight fans accuse Ben of using Steph for fame NEW LIFELINE? Who Wants to be a Millionaire back with Clarkson as host – and a twist DIE-HARDY FAN Cheryl swoons over hunk Tom Hardy as Liam says he'd give her up for a burger SHUN DIRECTION Cheryl blanks boyfriend Liam Payne after his awkward burger joke falls flat all over Married At First Sight's Harriet & Richard DIVORCE as Steph & Ben stay together Lorraine was so emotional she was unable to read her next link, leaving Mark to do it on her behalf. Taking a deep breath, Lorraine finally composed herself and was able to continue with the show. Earlier in the week, the star had taken a day off as she was too sick to present her programme. Kate Garraway had to step in for her at short notice, before she was able to return the next day. Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Continue Reading

Mother’s Day craft ideas for preschoolers and toddlers

YOUR tiny tot will definitely want to proudly present their mum with a homemade gift on Mother's Day. But coming up with crafty ideas for toddlers can be a challenge ahead of Mothering Sunday, given they are still learning to use their opposable thumbs. A funny card A sweet card is an important part of any mother's day. For ideas what to write in yours check out our round up of the best Mother's Day messages and poems. This couldn't be simpler and it's perfect for toddlers. Get yourself some coloured card and a stack of coloured pens and let their inner artist run wild. You can help out by adding glitter, stickers and shapes cut from coloured card if you please - but I'm sure their masterpiece won't need it. Hand-prints Little people LOVE to get messy so this is the perfect fun activity for your little ones and a nice keepsake for mum too. You can pop a hand-print on anything - and children often do. A fun tea towel, a picture or even a mug or plate at one of those pottery places. It couldn't be simpler - get a bit of non-toxic, child-friendly paint, slap it on their hands and let them get artsy. Be prepared for a big clean-up operation. more on mothers dayCHIP IN KIDS McDonald's is doing a 3-course Mother's Day meal for £10 - but there's a catch Good spot Kindle Paperwhite, Echo Show and Echo Spot all on sale at Amazon for Mother’s Day Mother's Yay Need a gift idea for Mother's Day? We've got you covered ROSES ARE RED Mother's Day poems to celebrate your mum on Mothering Sunday FLOWER POWER Where to buy the cheapest Mother's Day flowers Flower pressing You will need to have planned ahead if you want to give this a go - as it can take a while for the plants to completely dry out. Take your nipper into the garden or someone else's (but best to get their permission) and let them pick a few pretty flowers that they know their mum will love. Next grab a book - one of those heavy old ones with a hardback. Put the flowers in between two pieces of tissue Continue Reading

Send us your special Mother’s Day messages and we’ll publish the best

DON'T forget it's Mother's Day this Sunday, March 11. Struggling to think of a sweet gesture? What could say 'I love you' more than seeing a Valentine's Day message from you in ​this​ week's Sun on Sunday? Send yours in ​to the ​[email protected]​ and we will publish the best. MOST READ IN FABULOUSS-WIN-GERS Swinger couple whose exes ran off together say it's best thing that happened OH, BABY! Stunned mum had a surprise baby despite having a flat stomach and regular periods frocky horror show Are these the worst red carpet wardrobe malfunctions ever? I'm offended! Selfish, lazy victims: Why I HATE being part of Generation Z EXPLICIT EPILATION What's the best way to shave your pubic hair? Porn star reveals all FROCK HORROR The most memorably AWFUL Oscar gowns of all time Need more Mother's Day inspo? Here are some great gifts and presents to spoil mum – from £3.29 to £85. And Lush has launched a 15-piece Mother's Day collection costing from £3.95 - and this video shows the magical way they're made. Five Mother's Day gifts under £5 at B&M Continue Reading

A Peaceful Mother’s Day

How many of us have spent the run-up to Mother’s Day debating whether to choose the fattening chocolate, or maybe just a card, or the flowers that will die versus the plant that will live? And feeling uneasy, somehow knowing we are being “sold” something, we still give in to the guilt and consumer pressure, because we all have our mother issues! I was surprised to learn that when poet and social activist Julia Ward Howe, sickened by the carnage of the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, wrote the official Mother’s Day proclamation in 1870, she called on the women of the world to unite for peace. Her “Mother’s Day Proclamation” planted the seed for what would eventually become a national holiday. When we at Brave New Foundation contemplated those stirring words–largely forgotten in today’s consumer culture–it became clear that the time was right to put together a piece highlighting Julia Ward Howe’s original Mother’s Day proclamation–and inspire people to do something really meaningful on Mother’s Day to promote peace and heal the victims of war. Once we got started, the project came together quickly. Reaching out to some of the wonderful activists in Los Angeles, women who could bring the stirring proclamation to life, we were extremely fortunate to have mothers–Vanessa Williams, Felicity Huffman, Christine Lahti, Alfre Woodward, author Fatma Saleh and Ashraf Salimian–who agreed to donate their time and talents to give voice to Julia Ward Howe’s stirring words. Gloria Steinem, who happened to be visiting our offices recently to brainstorm about ways to use the short-form video, added historical perspective about Julia Ward Howe and the pacifist roots of Mother’s Day. It was important to us, in making this video, to provide a concrete and creative action for our audience, so we went in search of an organization that was doing work with victims of the Continue Reading

A Mother’s Day message

Letter to the editor: Kind and thoughtful words are usually spoken only after a person passes. Mothers, all too often, never get to hear those kind words or the expression of love and appreciation someone has for them. After a person is gone, it’s too late to let them know of the impact they have had on your life or of the love you have for them in your heart.My mother was born in 1919 and died in 2011. The hands of her clock stopped turning, and she finally found the much deserved rest from her toils and the promised peace for her soul. If there was ever a woman who deserved to be cuddled into God’s warm embrace, it was her.I never told her all the things I’m sure she would have liked to have heard. Time goes by way too fast, and we often get so caught up in ourselves that we don’t acknowledge the most important people.Don’t let time take control of the unspoken words. Say the words in your heart while that person can still hear them.I long for the opportunity to put my arms around my mother again and say: Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!Walter Reynolds; Pace, Fla. Comments are edited for clarity and grammar:My mother annoys me more and more as we both age, but I know I’ll miss these moments after she’s gone. — Ali Elner RomeroMy mother is long gone, but I miss her view of life everyday. — Marybeth Ulsaker Continue Reading

Mother’s Day spa sessions can fit all tastes, from wine baths to honey to the Beatles

Spa treatments are always a great Mother’s Day gift, but everyone has different tastes. Go the extra mile and choose a session suited to mom’s personality. Whether her idea of relaxation involves wine or listening to the Beatles, there’s a new treatment she’ll love. For the earth mother Milk, Haute Honey & Rooftop Herb Mani-Pedi $140 at the Guerlain Spa (inside the Waldorf Astoria), 100 E. 50th St.; guerlainspas.com. This mani-pedi will have clients dipping their hands and feet in gloves filled with hot paraffin wax while a beauty expert brushes warm honey on their forearms and legs. The treatment incorporates ingredients from the Waldorf Astoria’s 20th-floor rooftop beehives and garden, including the honey, which is produced by the Waldorf apiaries, and rosemary, which is infused into a lemon sugar scrub to exfoliate the skin. — Katherine Clarke For the workaholic Signature 2015 Massage $60 for 60 minutes at Graceful Services, 1095 Second Ave.; gracefulservices.com. Tailored to moms hunched over a desk all day, this package combines three massages. First, the Qigong method relaxes her with ancient Chinese physical postures and breathing techniques, before the Meridian massage opens energy flow lines from head to toe. Finally, the Tech Thumb and Neck Massage works acupressure points in the hands, neck, shoulders and upper back. This soothing triple-threat will reenergize her enough to work a double shift — but she’d probably prefer to top it off with the new Snail Mask ($60 for 60 minutes). This deep-cleansing facial uses organic snail essence from Korea — one of the hottest beauty products of the moment — to smooth skin. — Nicole Lyn Pesce For the wine lover Red Wine Ritual Ranges from $500 to $550 at Aire Ancient Baths New York, 88 Franklin St.; ancientbathsny.com. Here’s a great way for mom to Continue Reading

Kylie Jenner posts Mother’s Day message to Khloe Kardashian instead of Kris; Kim receives thousands of roses

Kylie Jenner took this Mother's Day to thank the woman who apparently raised her and has always been a mother to her: Khloe Kardashian. The youngest "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star posted a photo collage on her Instagram with a sweet message, but one person was missing note: her actual mother, Kris Jenner. "Thank you for being you & being another mother figure to me my whole life and doing the same for our nieces and nephews," she captioned the photo of her and Khloe. "Whoever, one day, gets to have you for a mom will be the luckiest in the world." The pic also included the quote, "Don't forget about your first daughter when you decide to start your own family." This isn't the first time the 17-year-old star has thrown jabs at her mother, Kris. "Khloe is more of a mom to me than my mom is sometimes," she told UK's Grazia magazine. "My mom is all about being friends." This season on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," the family momager has admitted that she has had difficulty connecting with her youngest child. Kylie hasn't forgotten about her mother completely this year, though. Along with her sister Kendall, she sent Kris a slew of gifts including a balloon statue, which she shared on Instagram with a short note. And for her part, despite some possible problems on the home front, Kim Kardashian seemed to be enjoying her Mother's Day, although she had to spend it away from her daughter, North, while on her book tour in Brazil. Kanye West has been known to shower his celeb wife with extravagant presents including walls of roses, but this time he might have outdone himself. The reality star took to Instagram to share a photo of the thousands of white roses the rapper had sent to her hotel room. "My amazing thoughtful husband had the sweetest note w a couple thousand roses covering my suite for Mothers Day," she wrote with the photo of vases of flowers covering Continue Reading

Ahead of Mother’s Day, celebrities share life lessons learned from their moms

Mom has many messages. Be yourself. Make friends. Dream big. Risk failure. Use sunscreen. With Mother’s Day looming, we asked a host of boldfaced names to share bits of philosophical and practical advice they learned close to home. From Mom. Ivanka Trump recalls her mother’s view that destiny can be in the details. Cedric the Entertainer underscores the lasting value of a person’s reputation. And both burlesque star Dita Von Teese and “Mad Men” guest star Elizabeth Reaser lather up with sunscreen. And top chef Daniel Boulud shared his mom’s sage advice. No, really — she taught him to always cook with sage. Life lessons this good are worth sharing, so here goes: Ivanka Trump, 33, real estate entrepreneur and designer Mom: Ivana Trump, 66 Advice: Be a stickler for details. “My mother has always been a role model to me. Long before I ever started my brand, she fully embodied a woman who works. When I was growing up, she was a hands-on mother, an incredibly driven businesswoman and the consummate hostess. She taught me from an early age the importance of hard work, caring about the details and a great pair of heels.” Elizabeth Reaser, star of the Off-Broadway play “Permission,” opening May 19 Mom: Karen Davidson Advice: Work. “Wear sunscreen. And work hard, work hard, work hard.” Peyton List, 17, star of Disney’s “Jessie.” Mom: Suzanne List Advice: Stick up for yourself. “She’s always taught me to be superhonest, and to always express myself and stand up for myself in difficult situations. When I was younger, I have many regrets about not fighting back — and just letting things slide and not really having a voice. ” Chris Hemsworth, 31, People’s Sexiest Man Alive and actor who plays Thor in the Marvel movies Mom: Leonie Hemsworth Advice: Just have fun. “If you’re not Continue Reading