Pattie Cordova, 29, also realized that her stay-at-home mother needs constant contact from her to feel happy. “I call my mom just about every day, but that’s because I want to make sure she’s doing okay, not because I need to talk to her,” says Cordova. What would happen if Cordova stopped calling daily? When Cordova asked her mother this question, she said she would feel sad, depressed and alone. Her answer shocked Cordova. “I didn’t think she cared that much,” she admits.