A lot of moms are really responsible. The media refers to them as "Super Moms." They cook, they clean, they work a full-time job and still manage to be at ever soccer game and ballet recital. Somehow their kids are well-adjusted, well-educated, polite, and always wearing finely pressed clothes.
Then, there are the moms that don't quite reach that level of success. They get behind on the laundry, telling their kids to see what's in the dryer—maybe they could wear that or something. They have instated "sandwich night" in the dinner rotation. This type of mom could barely keep the family dog alive, so the potted plants are not a particularly high priority (neither are the pet fish—RIP Nemo). If she can't keep a lousy houseplant, what does that say about her other skills? Who cares, when new technology will help her become more attentive to the needs of the living things in the house (your father remains to be on his own).
The Parrot Flower Power ($TBD, Parrot) hangs out in the soil of mom's potted plants, giving her info on how much sunlight and water the plant is getting. It's equipped with Bluetooth and comes with an accompanying App that will send her push notifications when the plant needs water. She'll never kill another plant again. Hurry, someone invent this for pets BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.