Sooo being a parent is thankless.
I agree that being a parent is the toughest job. There's no handbook to consult. Your "client" can sometimes be tyrannical and moody. Deadlines are short. Demands are high. The moments where you do get positive feedback are fleeting.
I get it. Point taken: call your mom. say "hi." Give her some positive feedback - but then have her PASS THE PHONE TO DAD, because he deserves the vote of confidence too.
.....and for the record, I take coffee breaks.