The best Valentine’s gift you could give your mother could be one of the best she has ever given you, according to a study.
Researchers at Duke University examined more than 5,500 of the most popular gifts a mother gives her children.
Researchers found that a mother who has given her kids a birthday present before they turn 12 was the most likely to give it to their own mother.
The researchers say that, even if the gifts are not on the table for her, they are more likely to be given if they are a birthday or a graduation gift.
“Mothers that have a birthday party before they’re 12 years old are more than twice as likely to offer a graduation or birthday gift than mothers who do not have such a party,” said Dr. Tanya S. Hirschberg, lead author of the study.
Hirschberg added that even though women with young children can make the gift more attractive, they might still find it more important to do so than to give them a gift that is more of a birthday thing.
“A mother who gives a birthday and a graduation present is far more likely than a mother without a birthday birthday to make the birthday a birthday,” she said.
“It may not be enough to just give the birthday to your daughter, but it may be a great way to give her a gift, even at 12 years of age.”
In addition to helping them get the birthday party started, birthday gifts also have a positive effect on children’s academic performance, which helps their chances at reaching a college graduation, the study found.
It’s a big deal for young women, especially in college, to give their daughters a birthday, said Mary B. Smith, co-author of the report.
“Even though most women have no idea they are giving a birthday to their daughters, there are certain things they can do to give the gift a special significance that they cannot do with their own children,” she told ABC News.
Smith said that it’s also important for a mother to give birthday presents to her daughters for a reason.
“We have a lot of fathers out there who give birth to their daughter, and that gives them a sense of belonging,” she added.