Today I'm talking about Mums, or "Mams" if you're from up here in the North East. Legal and General have recently done some research to find out how much the average Mum is worth and, through her unpaid (and often thankless) role looking after her family and home, the figure is £31,627!
Appreciating the true value of your Mum is something that I think comes with age. Having spent your youth treating her like an unpaid maid and your teenage years shouting at her, you enter adulthood with a sudden realisation that your Mum is someone that has always looked out for you and supported you no matter what.
A friend for life, there's nothing better than catching up with your Mum over a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and if you ever find yourself with a problem that you just can't solve Mum is the person you can go to for advice. If I find myself struggling with making a decision about what to do in my life whether it be relationships or career, my Mum is always on hand with some wise words.
Mum plays an important role in keeping family traditions, passing on skills that she has learnt from her own Mother. I'm not the best in the kitchen but the few meals that I can just about manage have all been dishes that my Mum has taught me.
Shaping the future generations, the adults that we become are thanks to Mum. Although in some ways I'm very different from my Mum, things that she has taught me over the years will stay with me forever. Struggling with confidence, I will always appreciate how my Mum told me how to "fake it", if I ever walk into a room of strangers and find myself panicking I think of what she has taught me and it makes me feel stronger.
So as I sit here on a Sunday evening, about to ring my Mum and ask her if we can still eat the chicken that's been in the freezer for a stupidly long time, I've come to realise that, really, I can't put a price tag on my Mum, she's just too important!
What do you think is the true value of a Mum?