From honesty to relaxed rules: this is why most adults think their mom is a 'cool mom'

Nearly seven in 10 Americans identify their mom as "the cool mom." That's according to a new survey of 2,000 American adults that identified the attributes that they think set their female progenitor apart from the parenting pack. 

So what makes a mom a "cool" mom? 

Among the 68% of respondents who agreed that their mom was a "cool mom," 62% said it was because she talked with her kids openly about anything and everything - suggesting that honesty really is the best policy when it comes to parenting. 

Relaxing the rules a bit may be another key, as over half said their mom's coolness stemmed from the fact that she let them get away with things a "normal" mom wouldn't when they were growing up. 

But being an epic gift-giver, or having great taste, seemed to be a component as well, with 52% saying that her tendency to spoil both her loved ones and herself was what made their mom a cut above the rest. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of in celebration of Mother's Day, the survey also probed the most important lessons Americans have learned from their moms over the years. 

Respondents' answers to the question ranged in their own words from how to "be responsible" to "live in the moment" and "how to be a super parent."  "Don't judge others, even if you think you have the whole story," said one respondent.

"It's not a crime to pamper yourself when life gets too stressful," added another. "Respect yourself and others will respect you." Nearly seven in 10 respondents (68%) report that they learned how to juggle responsibilities from watching their moms "do it all" over the years. 

"One of the coolest things about moms, and the role they can play in shaping who we grow up to be, is that every mother's relationship with their child or children is different," said Ankur Daga, Founder and CEO of 

"It's worth keeping your unique relationship with your mom in mind when planning how to make her feel special this Mother's Day." 

Results also suggested that the wide variety of lessons moms teach their children of all ages are unlikely to decrease any time soon, with over six in 10 say that their mom has been juggling more in the past year than she ever has before.

So it's perhaps unsurprising that three quarters of respondents think that, after a long and taxing year, their mom deserves to be fully spoiled this holiday. 

A luxury getaway (18%), dining out at a fancy restaurant (16%) and fine jewelry (15%) were among the top high-end mother's day gifts that respondents would purchase to say "thanks" to mom - if they could afford it. "Moms can be such an influential and guiding force in our lives, so it's only natural to want to give your mom the world," added Daga. "But spending a lot is less important than finding a gift that's truly 'her' - whether that's honoring her birthdate with a particular color or gemstone or a special outing to her favorite restaurant."