Because society as a whole downplays it's importance
Mother have never received the honor they deserve.
First of all, not all women are mothers. Second of all, then people would kind of be inclined to compliment the fathers for doing a good job as well and not everyone wants to do that.
this is going to sound horrible ... but maybe there aren't as many 'great' mothers and fathers out there doing awesome things with/for their children. <br />
Since becoming a mother, I make it a point to compliment other moms when they've done something awesome (even if it's doing some sort of keepin' the kidlets in check action).
it doesn't take much effort to be a mom a 13 yr old can do that
Advanced Pain Control
A married couple went to the hospital to have their baby delivered. Upon their arrival, the doctor said he had invented a new machine that would transfer a portion of the mother's labor pain to the father.
He asked if they were willing to try it out, and they were both very much in favor of it. The doctor set the pain transfer to 10% for starters explaining that even 10% was probably more pain than the father had ever experienced before. But as the labor progressed, the husband felt fine and asked the doctor to go head and kick it up a notch.
Surprised, the doctor then adjusted the machine to 20% pain transfer.
The husband was still feeling fine.
The doctor checked the husband's blood pressure and was amazed at how well he was doing.
At this point they decided to try for 50%.
The husband continued to feel quite well. Since the pain transfer was obviously helping out the wife considerably, the husband encouraged the doctor to transfer all the pain to him.
The wife delivered a healthy baby with virtually no pain. She and her husband were ecstatic.
But when they got home, the mailman was lying dead on the porch.